Palm Introduces Treo Pro

Palm today introduced Treo Pro, a new Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional smartphone that features WiFi and GPS all in a new sleek, streamlined design. Treo Pro will be available from Vodafone and O2 iin Europe, Telestra in Australia and an unlocked version in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Treo Pro

“Businesses want the control and savings that Windows Mobile affords, in an innovative and elegant package that keeps their users happy. That’s where Palm comes in, said Ed Colligan, president and chief executive officer, Palm, Inc. “Everything about Treo Pro — from the hardware design to the packaging and accessories embodies the elegant and simplified end-to-end experience that our customers expect from Palm.

The Treo Pro smartphone lets IT managers support an increasingly mobile work force with the ease of use and robust feature set business professionals demand. Besides the benefits of lower costs and increased productivity, Treo Pro can deliver the increased security, easier device management and access to information on the corporate network that Windows Mobile 6.1 provides.

Users can quickly respond to business and personal email, access the web, stay on top of appointments and contacts, and use Wi-Fi or GPS on the go.(1) Treo Pro’s thin design blends a flush, high-resolution color touch screen and a full QWERTY keyboard with a removable battery that packs up to five hours of talk time and enough strength for the business user’s needs, offering a powerful yet effortless mobile experience.

“I’m really happy with Treo Pro — it’s a technology leap from a device design and capability standpoint, enhancing Palm’s presence in the Windows Mobile realm, said Wasif Malik, senior systems consultant, Student Educational Services & Mobile Solutions, Ohio State University Medical Center. “It’s cleverly designed for Windows Mobile, with a large touch screen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and all the productivity applications for Windows Mobile 6 in a much thinner design.

Palm Experience on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional

The Treo Pro smartphone, based on the popular Windows Mobile platform, helps optimize business processes by effortlessly mobilizing users with enhancements to the Windows Mobile 6.1 platform, including:

  • One-touch Wi-Fi button — Easy, fast Wi-Fi connection experience (802.11b/g).
  • Today screen enhancements — Web search directly from the Today screen.
  • Ringer switch — Silences the device immediately.
  • Screen saver — Lets users know at a glance without turning on the device what time it is and whether they’ve missed a call or have a new SMS/MMS message.
  • New voicemail indicator — The center button flashes to let users know that a voicemail is waiting.
  • Dedicated email and calendar buttons — Fast one-button access.

“Windows Mobile is delivering mobile solutions that help businesses address the changing competitive landscape, said Andrew Lees, senior vice president of Microsoft’s Mobile Communications Business. “The Treo Pro smartphone brings together a powerful combination of Palm’s feature innovations and Windows Mobile 6.1, providing access to the information people need when away from the office.

Lower Costs, Increased Productivity

With Treo Pro, businesses can quickly and easily deploy a secure, low-cost and compatible infrastructure for their mobile workforce by taking advantage of a tightly integrated Palm and Windows Mobile 6.1 solution, including:

  • Microsoft Direct Push Technology(4) — Direct connection to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 SP2 or 2007 gives users up-to-date email, contacts and calendars.
  • Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 — With the deployment of Mobile Device Manager, the Treo Pro can deliver increased security, easier smartphone management, and access to information on the corporate network. IT professionals can confidently manage large Treo Pro deployments.
  • Thousands of applications available for Windows Mobile — Businesses can extend mobility beyond email to optimize business processes.
  • World phone — With high-speed UMTS/HSDPA network capabilities(5), Treo Pro is a sleek world phone that’s ideal for companies with an international work force.
  • Integrated GPS — Users can access maps, turn-by-turn directions and point-of-interest (POI) searches.
  • Support and training — Palm shortcuts make Treo Pro so easy to use, businesses can spend less on training and support for their users. End-to-end enterprise support means companies can expand the scope of their mobile deployments without putting a strain on internal support personnel.
  • Familiar Windows experience — Users can browse the web with built-in Internet Explorer Mobile; open, view, and edit Word and Excel compatible files; review PowerPoint presentations and PDF files; and open ZIP files remotely.

Pricing and Availability

Treo Pro will be available in September in Europe(2) through Vodafone (from free to 399 with contract) and O2 (pricing is available from O2 direct sales and online business stores), and in Australia through Telstra (from free with contract). It will be available in the United States in the fall through the Palm online store (http://www.palm.com/store) as well as select Internet, retail and enterprise resellers for a suggested retail price of $549. The U.S. version is unlocked and unsubsidized, giving end users the flexibility to simply insert their existing active SIM card and immediately start using their Treo Pro without a new contract.

Detailed regional pricing is available from local resellers and distributors. Additional Treo Pro availability is scheduled to follow worldwide.

The Treo Pro smartphone comes with an international power charger, microUSB cable and a stereo headset (3.5mm). Other accessories designed exclusively for Treo Pro (sold separately) include a vehicle power charger, leather side case, travel microUSB cable, cradle, extra battery, TTY audio adapter, and replacement styli.

MarkSpace Adds Support For Windows Mobile 6

Mark/Space has announced the release of version 4.0 of The Missing Sync for Windows
Mobile, adding support for Windows Mobile 6 Professional along with a host of new features. Palm has announced the Treo 750 will receive an update to Windows Mobile 6. This latest update from Mark/Space ensures Mac users will have a syncing solution that supports the new Microsoft OS.

"For more than a year now, The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile has been widely regarded as the best way to connect Windows Mobile 5 devices to Mac OS X, allowing users to synchronize everything from contacts and calendars to Microsoft Office files and iTunes podcasts," said Brian Hall, Mark/Space president and CEO. "Now, with the release of version 4.0, we’re providing support for the very latest devices running Windows Mobile 6 Professional, Standard and Classic, including the HTC Touch, Motorola Q9 and upgraded Samsung Blackjack, giving Mac users complete freedom in their choice of
mobile device."

New Features

  • A new Video plugin supports importing videos taken with the built-in camera
    present on many Windows Mobile devices. These videos can be imported
    directly into an iPhoto album or into a folder of the user’s choosing
    anywhere on their Mac. This feature includes the option to delete
    successfully imported movies from the device, freeing up storage space for
    other uses.
  • The Video plugin also provides encoding and mobile playback capabilities,
    which give users the option to easily encode DRM-free QuickTime video from
    the Mac and download it to their Windows Mobile device for playback while
    on the go. A simple drag and drop begins the encoding and download process.
    A player with support for MP4 video, such as Windows Media Player Mobile
    10, is required for mobile video playback.
  • A new Call Log plugin and matching Call Log application for Mac OS X
    provide access to the log of phone calls made and received with
    phone-enabled Windows Mobile devices. During each sync operation, the Call
    Log plugin reads the call log stored on the device and copies its data to
    the Mac. The included Call Log app on the Mac can then be used to sort,
    filter, annotate and search through the list of calls and view call dates
    and durations. Integration with Apple’s Address Book application provides
    additional information related to known contacts, including company name
    and contact photo, while a toolbar button expedites the process of creating
    a new contact in Address Book from call log data. An export function
    provides the ability to use Excel or a database application to further
    manipulate the data, a useful feature for attorneys or other professionals
    who track and bill for their time.
  • Version 4.0 of The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile also includes a new SMS
    Log plugin and matching SMS Log application for Mac OS X. Working in
    combination, these components provide access to the device’s log of sent
    and received SMS text messages. Messages are grouped by contact and easily
    searched using Apple’s Spotlight technology. Like the Call Log application,
    the SMS Log application also integrates with Apple’s Address Book app to
    gather information for known contacts. This feature not only provides a
    backup for often-critical communications sent to or from a mobile device,
    but it also allows users to access that information with their Mac.

Missing Sync for Windows Mobile version 4.0 retails for $39.95 with upgrades running $24.95. For more information, please visit Mark/Space.