Windows-Based Treo Could Be Coming on Monday (

Rampant rumors about the next generation of the popular smart phone may be confirmed.

Tom Krazit, IDG News Service
Friday, September 23, 2005

Palm, Microsoft, and Verizon plan to hold a press conference Monday in San Francisco, which will probably be the stage for the introduction of a Windows-based Treo smart phone that has been rumored on enthusiast Web sites for weeks.

The three companies did not offer any details about the subject of the press conference in a press release Friday. However, the companies are bringing their top executives to The Palace Hotel in San Francisco on Monday. Palm President and Chief Executive Officer Ed Colligan will be joined at the press conference by Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates and Verizon President and Chief Executive Officer Denny Strigl, the companies said.

Ever since Palm separated from PalmSource, the company that develops the Palm OS, analysts and enthusiasts have been speculating that Palm would eventually turn to a different operating system vendor for its smart phones and personal digital assistants. That speculation reached fever pitch earlier this week, when Engadget posted photos of the unannounced Treo 700w running the Windows Mobile operating system.

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