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Microsoft Should Buy Palm, Now

PC World: " Microsoft should abandon Windows Mobile, abandon Zune, and buy Palm. I know this will be hard for Redmond--admitting defeat after all these fears flogging Windows Mobile--but it is the only path to success. With Microsoft's help, Palm can really become an Apple spoiler.

Microsoft should leave Palm pretty much alone; offering mostly improved developer tools, access to capital, and better compatibility with Microsoft Office. Jointly, the two could build an applications and entertainment store.

The Palm brand name should stay, something that might be harder for Microsoft to accept than writing a check for the purchase. Most buyouts are subsumed into Microsoft, but this one shouldn't be.

Why should Microsoft do this and why now?"

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