Multitasking on Tap for Palm OS
PalmSource's upcoming Palm OS 6.0 will feature support for true multitasking.
The next version of PalmSource Inc.s handheld operating system will support true multitasking, bringing Palm OS 6.0 up to the level of its competitors and delighting developers who had been expecting it in the previous version. Expected to ship to hardware licensees this fall and developers shortly thereafter, Palm OS 6.0 will allow multiple applications to run in the background while the user is working on another task, said officials at PalmSource, in Sunnyvale, Calif. Such capabilities are already available in Microsoft Corp.s Pocket PC operating system and Symbian Ltd.s Symbian OS.
"There are big improvements in the architecture that make it easier to use multiple threads," said Dave Fedor, director of development architecture and disclosure at PalmSource. "There will be multithreading within their applications as well as [the ability to] run something in the background."