Run Palm OS Applications on a Pocket PC

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StyleTap has released a public beta of an application that allows software originally written for Palm OS handhelds to run on Windows Mobile devices.

With StyleTap Platform, Palm OS applications appear and operate on a Pocket PC just like native Windows Mobile-based programs. Users can even cut and paste between Palm OS-based applications and native Windows Mobile-based applications on the same handheld.

It works with most applications written for Palm OS Garnet (5.2) and earlier.

There are a few limitations, though. Conduits are not supported, and neither is Bluetooth. In addition, applications that directly manipulate the Motorola DragonBall registers don’t work.

However, both newer and older game applications can perform direct screen updates.

The product also includes the StyleTap Application Installer, a Windows application that allows Pocket PC users to install Palm OS applications.

“With this product, users who decide to migrate from a Palm OS device can keep running their favorite applications. And for the first time, existing Windows Mobile PDA users can access the vast array of popular, proven Palm OS applications,” said Gregory Sokoloff, CEO and co-founder of StyleTap Inc.

The beta of StyleTap Platform for Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs is now available for a free 14-day trial.

At the end of the trial, users have the option to purchase the beta for a special price of $29.95. This price includes a free upgrade to StyleTap Platform for Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs version 1.0 when it becomes available.

For more information or to download the product, visit the StyleTap web site.

Coming to Other Platforms

StyleTap intends to release versions of this application for other mobile platforms, including the Symbian OS.

“StyleTap Platform is based on the idea that the same application software should run on many different kinds of handhelds, regardless of operating system,” said Sokoloff. “This not only benefits handheld users, but also allows developers to target a much larger customer base.”

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