In conjunction with the launch of the Palm Tungsten T3 and Tungsten E handhelds, Palm made IBM's WebSphere Micro Environment (WME) Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME) certified runtime environment available for Tungsten handheld users.
Last June, Palm Solutions Group licensed from IBM a Java Virtual Machine (JVM), WebSphere Micro Environment, for Palm Tungsten handhelds. Now, the more than 3 million members of the Java development community can write business applications for mobile workforces and consumer applications for gaming and information on the go, effectively increasing Palm Solutions Group's development community tenfold. Tungsten T3 and Tungsten E handheld users, as well as Tungsten W, Tungsten C and Tungsten T2 handheld users, that purchase their handheld on 1st October 2003 or after can download WebSphere Micro Environment for no cost. Existing users can purchase it for US$5.99.
WME is available only for Tungsten handhelds. The Tungsten E, Tungsten T3, Tungsten W, Tungsten C and Tungsten T2 handhelds are fully supported. Tungsten T handhelds are not supported.
Palm Solutions Group also is making available WebSphere Micro Environment Toolkit for Palm OS Developers, a standalone developer toolkit for use with any J2ME-compatible development environment. IBM's WebSphere Studio Device Developer (WSDD) will now be optimized for creating Palm handheld-based Java applications. The Eclipse-based WSDD can integrate with the other WebSphere Studio tools to provide an end-to-end Java development solution. WebSphere Micro Environment's flexibility also provides access to enterprise-oriented components such as DB2 Everyplace and MQ Series Everyplace.