Palm Builds Software Store For Handsets

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Treo-maker Palm has unveiled the Palm Software Store, the latest company to take a page from Apple’s successful iPhone Apps Store.

The new store allows Palm device owners to purchase and download either Windows Mobile or Palm applications directly to handsets. Palm users were required to download applications to a computer first and then transfer the software.

The Palm Software Store holds 5,000 applications.

Palm becomes the latest handset maker to offer users an online store for direct downloads of software. Other than Palm and Apple, BlackBerry-maker RIM and Google’s G1 phone also have software kiosks.

Microsoft is reportedly developing a store for the some 18,000 Windows Mobile applications.

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