The benefits of StyleTap Platform are not just for end users
Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) October 31, 2006
StyleTap Inc., a leading innovator in software platforms for PDAs and smartphones, today released version 1.0 of StyleTap Platform for Windows Mobile, allowing applications originally written for Palm OS to run on Windows Mobile Pocket PC PDAs and phones. Thoroughly tested by tens of thousands of preview users, StyleTap Platform is the first in a family of products that will bring the same capability to devices that run other operating systems, such as Symbian OS™ and Windows Mobile for Smartphones.
"Users from around the world purchased the preview version of StyleTap Platform, and we used their feedback to make version 1.0 faster and even more robust and capable," said Gregory Sokoloff, CEO and co-founder of StyleTap Inc. "Long-time Palm OS users are thrilled to continue running their favorite Palm OS applications on their new Windows Mobile devices, while existing Windows Mobile users are delighted with the vast library of additional applications that StyleTap Platform makes available to them."
"The benefits of StyleTap Platform are not just for end users," said Lew Shepherdson, VP Sales & Marketing for StyleTap. "Application developers and OEMs have readily seen how supporting StyleTap Platform immediately expands the market for their products and creates unimagined cross-platform opportunities. Similarly, corporate customers, including Fortune 50 companies, are already saving time and money by deploying proven Palm OS applications on new hardware with StyleTap Platform."
The StyleTap software includes everything necessary to run most applications and games written for any version of Palm OS (including version 5 applications that use ARMlets). It supports virtually all Windows Mobile Pocket PC devices, including phones with square screens (like the popular Palm Treo™ 700 series) and PDAs with high-resolution VGA screens, in portrait or landscape mode. Programs run at full speed, even animated games and multimedia applications. Network applications work great through WiFi, serial or USB connections. Infrared (IR) and Bluetooth® communications are also supported.
"There's an enormous base of wonderful software written for Palm OS, and it's great to see those products available on a much wider range of hardware," said Michael Mace, author of the popular Mobile Opportunity blog (mobileopportunity.blogspot.com), a principal at Rubicon Consulting, and former Chief Competitive Officer at Palm. "The mobile industry and mobile users desperately need a single consistent platform that would let developers write software once and run it anywhere. Mobile Java was supposed to do that, but it failed miserably. I'm delighted that StyleTap has tackled this problem on Windows Mobile, and I look forward to them extending their product to other operating systems."
Applications written for Palm OS devices run, unmodified, on StyleTap Platform. If they wish, application developers can extend programs that are fully compatible with Palm OS by using StyleTap APIs that optimize execution speed and the user experience on Windows Mobile devices. Direct access to native libraries is available for specialized applications. Already, hundreds of developers are incorporating StyleTap Platform in their application strategies. The "Runs on StyleTap" program offers developer support and co-marketing tools.
"It was an easy decision -- supporting StyleTap Platform allowed us to effectively double the size of our potential market," said Tim Norman, President of NormSoft Inc. (Normsoft.com), makers of Pocket Tunes™, the leading audio player software for Palm devices. "Since our product really stresses the capabilities of the Palm OS, we've been very impressed by the stability and performance of StyleTap Platform. In fact, the only thing more impressive has been the support we've received from StyleTap."
A corporate version of StyleTap Platform (to be announced soon) will include support for barcode and RFID scanners and other hardware-specific capabilities.
StyleTap Platform can be downloaded and purchased online at StyleTap.com for US$49.95. A free 14-day trial is available and email and web-based support is included. Anyone who purchased a preview version can upgrade to version 1.0 at no charge.
About StyleTap Inc.
StyleTap Inc. is a privately-held Canadian software company founded in 2000 to liberate mobile device users from the scarcity of application choices by empowering handheld devices to run thousands more applications. In April 2005, StyleTap released a preview version of StyleTap Platform for Windows Mobile -- a robust, high performance software platform that enables Windows Mobile devices to run the thousands of software applications written for Palm OS devices. In October 2006, version 1.0 was released, for Pocket PC phones and PDAs. StyleTap is actively extending its unique technology to run on additional devices and operating systems.
For further information, please visit http://www.styletap.com or contact:
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Disclaimer: StyleTap Inc. and StyleTap Platform are not affiliated with, or authorized, endorsed or licensed in any way by PalmSource Inc., ACCESS Co. Ltd., Palm Inc., Microsoft Inc., or any of their affiliates or subsidiaries. Palm OS is a registered trademark of PalmSource Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Microsoft and Windows Mobile are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. NormSoft and Pocket Tunes are among the trademarks owned by NormSoft, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. StyleTap is a registered trademark of StyleTap Inc. in Canada and other countries. Copyright © 2006 StyleTap Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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