Handspring launches online site for developers and customers

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HANDHELD COMPUTING VENDOR Handspring announced Monday that it will put up an all-in-one site for both developers and customers who want to create products using the Handspring platform.

The announcement is similar to one from Microsoft last month.

Handspring will partner with eLance in Sunnyvale, Calif., a designer of Web-based outsourcing solution platforms for such companies as Sun Microsystems and IBM.

The site, www.handspring.com/developers, will aggregate Springboard module developers, other mechanical and industrial hardware designers, and developers using the Palm OS.

Essentially, the site will become a source for potential Palm OS and Handspring licensees and give developers the ability to share and exchange resources.

The Handspring site will also facilitate request for proposals and bids for products and services as well as offer collaborative design space and a global billing and payment system.

It is similar to the Microsoft site created in February by ITSquare in San Jose, Calif., and called Windows Embedded Connections, at www.mswec.com,

Lee Epting, director of developer relations at Handspring, said that creating a developer and customer community would reduce the amount of time it takes to find sources for projects.

Palm Computing has a somewhat similar site, Hot Dispatch, which leverages the Palm development community for technical support.

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