Palm Desktop

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Palm Desktop
Stable release
6.2.2 (Windows), 4.2.2 (Mac) / circa 2008
Operating systemWindows, Mac OS/Mac OS X

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 Claris Organizer (a Mac-only product) from Claris and rebranded it as Palm Desktop 2. 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.

Palm Desktop 4.2 for Windows was perhaps the only version of Palm Desktop which was removed from Palm's website. The company removed it because there were problems with its installer.[1][2] It was replaced by Palm Desktop 4.1.4E, which is identical except for its improved installer.[3]

Synchronizing with Palm Pre: some external companies made it possible.[4]

Last release[edit]

Palm Desktop 6.2.2 for Windows Vista was released around 2008. Users considering an upgrade to Palm Desktop 6.2.2 should know that this version does not support color-coding of events in the calendar application.


Palm Desktop 6.2.2 works with:


This version is not compatible with the following:

  • Computers featuring multiple CPUs
  • 64-bit editions of Windows - 64-bit Windows devices were — for a long time — incompatible with USB cable sync, and must use other options such as serial port, infrared, WiFi or Bluetooth to HotSync. (The desktop software itself — either older version 4.1.4E or newest version 6.2.2 — works fine on Windows 7, 8, or 10 as desktop software without a remote device connected.) Since years, ACEECA developed a 64-bit driver for palm/garnet OS, available here.
  • Windows Server
  • Microsoft Tablet PC

Linux support[edit]

Palm does not provide a version of the software for Linux operating system, nor do they officially support[5] the ones developed by third parties such as:


  1. ^ twizza. "Palm Updates Windows Palm Desktop". Comment 111475. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 4.2 was pulled because of installation issues.
  2. ^ arnstein. "Palm Desktop 4.2 Rereleased as 4.1.4E". Comment 111653. Retrieved 7 March 2017. I tried to install ... 4.2. In fact, I tried to install it several times. Each time I tried, the installation errored out, complaining that it did not have privilege to overwrite a certain .exe file. In fact, the file was created by the installer itself! I was not able to change the permissions of this file myself. After trying to install three times, I discovered that my existing Palm software had become balled up, to the extent that I could no longer hotsync or launch the desktop software.
  3. ^ Kairer, Ryan. "Palm Desktop 4.2 Rereleased as 4.1.4E". Retrieved 7 March 2017. Palm has rereleased the Palm Desktop for Windows that was initially billed as version 4.2. It is now called version 4.1.4E. The E denotes that it is meant for devices with the extended PIM applications. This update is identical to Palm Desktop 4.2, with simply a new version number. Palm Support says if you installed the version labeled 4.2, there is no need to install 4.1.4E.
  4. ^ "Continue to sync your Pre with Palm Desktop - Support Community".
  5. ^ Synchronizing with a Linux Desktop — a note at the official technical support Web site of Palm.

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