Palm, Handspring lose ground to MS

Summary:Palm and Handspring saw a decline in their share of the handheld market in January, losing some ground to devices running Microsoft's (msft) Pocket PC operating system. On Tuesday, market researcher PC Data reported that Palm (palm) had a 60.

Palm and Handspring saw a decline in their share of the handheld market in January, losing some ground to devices running Microsoft's (msft) Pocket PC operating system.

On Tuesday, market researcher PC Data reported that Palm (palm) had a 60.5 percent share of the U.S. retail market in January, down from 65 percent in December. Handspring, which licenses the Palm operating system, also saw its share drop, to 26 percent from 27 percent.

Meanwhile Compaq Computer's iPaq handheld doubled its share, to 4 percent last month from 2 percent in December. Hewlett-Packard grabbed 3.5 percent of the market, up from 2 percent. And Casio rose to 2 percent from 1.5 percent. -- Ian Fried, Special to ZDNet News

Topics: Hewlett-Packard, Hardware, Microsoft, Operating Systems, PCs, Software

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