The PalmPilot Professional is a personal digital assistant. While the PalmPilot was released March 10, 1997 as an updated version of the Pilot 5000, there was delayed general availability of the Professional model in the marketplace.
It was marketed with a compact design, a back-lit display and the ability to quickly connect to a Microsoft Windows or Macintoshpersonal computer. it has the ability to synchronize via its cradle (or through a modem, which was sold separately) to a computer, making it possible to send e-mails, set appointments with others, and set contact information. Various third party applications, such as upIRC, enabled connecting to various messaging systems, including most popular instant messaging services. An optional memory card with an IR port was available as an upgrade directly from Palm.