Dell Computer and Good Technology will work to develop handheld devices that incorporate wireless data access technologies, the companies have announced.
The companies touched off speculation about possible deals or even an acquisition when they teased media and analysts with a mailed invitation to their joint press conference in the US.
The less-sexy but still noteworthy news is that the companies are plotting to bring Good's wireless email software to Dell's handhelds and servers. The deal was announced at the headquarters of venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, an investor in Good Technology.
Dell will offer GoodLink bundled with its PowerEdge servers immediately. GoodLink allows handheld users to wirelessly synchronise their devices with corporate email and documents without having to place the device in a cradle connected to a PC. It is similar to a technology developed by Research In Motion, which makes and sells the popular BlackBerry device. The BlackBerry can send and receive email wirelessly, but requires a physical connection to a PC to update some data or erase e-mail from an inbox.
As handheld devices and cellular networks became increasingly sophisticated, Good realised it could benefit from partnering with a major hardware vendor, allowing it to focus on developing its GoodLink software and helping to make wireless email a mainstream technology, chief executive officer of Good Technology, Danny Shader, said.
"Dell makes things go mainstream," he said.
The companies did not have a target date set for the introduction of GoodLink on Dell's Axim handhelds or future devices, director of wireless and handhelds for Dell, Tony Bonadero, said.