Does anyone remember Access, the company that purchased Palm Soft, the software division of Palm? Well, I believe that a lot of us were under the impression that Palm and Access did not get along anymore, with Palm deciding to make its own version of Linux to run on the eventual Pre. But it would appear that the blogosphere got this one wrong.
In the video below, not only do we see the Palm OS 5 emulator running on the Pre, but it appears to be running via ACCESS. It's all beginning to come together now. In what appeared to be a secret, it would appear that ACCESS is going to play a large role in the legacy end of Pre. Although the software shown does not extensively utilize relational databases, this could be good for a lot of people who have spent a lot of money on Enterprise ready software - Epocrates, Pendragon, Handbase, Smartlistogo - to possibly be able to transfer these file over. What would be nice is to see a relational database in action in the emulator. So far, only simple apps are shown in this mode.
But I'll say it again. If Palm can really produce a blow out operating system and still find a little space to be backwards compatible, we are going to see an incredible bounce for the Palm ecosystem. But everything remains vapor until the end of the month when it's released. But I am getting a little excited about this device now.
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