MotionApps has a piece of software for the Palm webOS called Classic. It is basically an emulator that allows webOS-based devices like the Palm Pre to run legacy Palm OS software. The benefits are obvious: you have access to tons of software and it allows you to hold onto your old Palm OS apps just a little bit longer. Classic creates a virtual Palm environment on the Palm Pre, similar to what VMwareâ€™s Fusion software does with Windows on the Mac.
Because the emulator runs inside webOS, the Palm created on the Palm Pre doesnâ€™t have hardware buttons; however all the normal Palm buttons are available on the screen. You can continue to utilize all the basic Palm functionality, including your calendar, contacts, and memos. In addition, MotionApps is working on a software update that will allow users to HotSync the emulated Palm. I donâ€™t know when the update will be available, but you can follow the MotionApps blog here.
Classic looks like a great piece of software, and for only 30 bucks you really canâ€™t go wrong. If only Palm would have been smart enough to use Verizon as their exclusive carrier, or vice versa, I think Iâ€™d be using a Palm Pre right about now.