Palm Desktop

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Palm Desktop
Developer(s) Palm
Stable release
6.2 (Windows), 4.2.2 (Mac) / January 15, 2008; 8 years ago (2008-01-15)
Operating system Windows, Mac OS/Mac OS X

Windows Version

Mac Version

Palm Desktop is a personal information manager computer program for Microsoft Windows or Mac OS/Mac OS X, and can be used alone or in combination with a Palm OS personal digital assistant.


Palm Desktop contains four main modules which correspond to the four main modules of the original Palm Pilot:

  • Contacts, analogous to index cards in a Rolodex card file or address book
  • Calendar information as discrete or repeating appointments
  • Tasks, sortable by priority, date or category in task lists
  • Notes, for reference materials, memoranda or journal entries

Palm Desktop ships with all current Palm devices, and it can synchronize with a variety of devices using Palm's HotSync software. It is also available as a free download and can be used as a standalone application on personal computers. The Macintosh version has a much more sophisticated interface and many more options inherited from its history as Claris Organizer, including extensive printing capabilities for mailing labels and printed pages in various sizes of paper organizer.


The original Macintosh and Windows versions were similar, until 3COM purchased the Claris Organizer (a Mac-only product), from Claris and rebranded it as Palm Desktop 2. Interestingly, the four modules of Claris Organizer had influenced some of the original Palm developers, who were familiar with it from earlier work on the Macintosh.

Synchronizing with Palm Pre: some external companies made it possible.[1]

Since the last release (2008), an external company (iambic) created Agendus for Windows software to extend the features of Palm Desktop.[2]

Last release[edit]

Palm Desktop 6.2 for Windows Vista was released on January 15, 2008.[3] Users considering an upgrade to Palm Desktop 6.2 should know that this version does not support color-coding of events in the calendar application.


Palm Desktop 6.2 works with:


This version is not compatible with the following:

Linux support[edit]

Palm does not provide a version of the software for Linux operating system, nor do they officially support[4] the ones developed by third parties such as:


  1. ^ "Continue to sync your Pre with Palm Desktop - Support Community". ]
  2. ^ /details.asp
  3. ^ "Palm Desktop 6.2 for Windows Vista". 
  4. ^ Synchronizing with a Linux Desktop — a note at the official technical support Web site of Palm.

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