- Palm Computing introduces its first successful handheld, the Pilot 1000, which (originally) sports a whopping
128KB of RAM. The Pilot 5000 (pictured at right) follows soon after.
May 1997 - 3Com buys U.S. Robotics, discovers that they?ve also purchased Palm Computing.
September 1997 - Pilot Pen sues Palm Computing over the use of the name ?Pilot? in its
December 1997 - Palm Computing decides to start licensing the Palm OS to other manufacturers. IBM?s
WorkPad becomes the first manufacturer besides Palm to introduce a Palm-powered handheld.
March 1998 - 3Com/Palm Computing sue Microsoft for its proposed use of the name ?PalmPC?. Settlement allows
Microsoft to use the term ?Palm-sized PC?. They eventually go with ?Pocket PC?.
June 1998 - Here?s
where it starts to get hairy: Dissatisfied with the new direction 3Com has taken Palm, original founders Jeff Hawkins
and Donna Dubinsky, along with Ed Colligan, leave to launch Handspring.
September 1998 - Palm licenses the Palm OS to Handspring.
June 1999 - Qualcomm introduces the pdQ (pictured at right), the first Palm-powered cellphone. It
disappears pretty damn quick.
September 1999 - 3Com announces that they?re spinning Palm Computing off into its own separate
September 14, 1999 - Handspring introduces its first handheld, the Handspring Visor Solo.
Novemeber 1999 - Sony announces that it has licensed the Palm OS.
March 2000 - Palm Computing goes public as Palm, Inc.
August 2000 - Sony introduces its first Palm-powered handheld, the Clie.
June 2001 - Palm, Inc. creates a new subsidiary for its hardware business called Palm
July 2001 - Palm, Inc. announces plans to create a subsidiary for the Palm OS.
October 2001 - Handspring introduces the Treo 180 (pictured at right), its first smartphone.
March 2002 - Palm, Inc. announces that their new OS subsidiary will be known as PalmSource (Trivia:
PalmSource was originally the name of the Palm OS developers conference).
August 2002 - Just like how old people start sleeping in separate beds, PalmSource and Palm Solutions
move to separate campuses.
October 2002 - Palm, Inc. introduces the Tungsten T, their first Palm running on Palm OS 5.
October 2002 - Sony invests $20 million in PalmSource.
June 2003 - Palm,
Inc. announces plans to acquire Handspring, the company founded by the original founders of Palm, and spin off
PalmSource as a separate company which will develop the Palm operating system.
August 2003 - Palm, Inc. announces that after spinning off PalmSource and acquiring Handspring, the
newly combined company will be known as palmOne.
October 2003 - Palm, Inc. shareholders formally vote to spin off PalmSource and acquire
May 2004 - Sony announces that it will no longer sell Palm OS-based handhelds outside of Japan.
December 2004 - PalmSource acquires China MobileSoft and begins porting the Palm OS to Linux.
May 2005 - palmOne drops $26.7
million to acquire sole rights to the Palm brand name from PalmSource.
July 14th, 2005 - The circle of life is completed when palmOne officially becomes Palm, Inc.