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kelly's i: BBC'S PALMING OFF ITS STAFF.

Byline: MATT KELLY

SOMETHING rather sinister is going on at the BBC.

Employees have been told to stop connecting their electronic organisers to the Beeb's computers unless they run on the Microsoft Windows Pocket PC 2002 platform.

Those using palm-based PDAs, like Handspring, Palm, Sony and Samsung, and Psion will no longer be able to use them to plan work schedules. They have until summer 2003 to change their PDAs to Pocket PC ones like iPaq and HP's Jornada, or stop connecting them to their BBC computers.

The Beeb's long-suffering staff (they recently had their free coffee and croissants taken away) were told the news in an internal email from the technology boss. "There will be an extended period of amnesty (probably 18 months or so), during which connections will be permitted given certain agreements between users and their technology support provider."

Why? Because Palm and Psion is not safe, it may be "well-intentioned anarchy" but it "cannot be properly secured". We'd love to know what Palm's got to say about that, but sadly it still hadn't given us its reaction by press time last night.

Can it really be the only reason? The BBC does seem to be favouring Microsoft products a little too much at the moment, having recently switched from Real Networks streaming technology to Microsoft Media Player.

Or is this the first of many corporate backlashes against Palm-based devices? We hope not.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 30, 2002
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