In the 12 months since the global economy went into meltdown, plenty of companies have struggled to succeed under difficult circumstances. Few, however, have experienced as many make-or-break moments in recent months as the troubled handset maker Palm. In January, the company went to the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with its future at stake: in the end, it not only unveiled the innovative Pre handset, but also turned it into the surprise hit of the show delivering a promise to revive the company's fortunes along the way.

Another crunch moment came in June, when the Pre went on sale in America. Some questioned the decision to join forces with the Sprint network a distant third place in the US market rather than its bigger rivals. Still, immediate reaction was good: more than 100,000 units were reportedly snapped up in the first week, meaning a match point had been saved.

A week later, its chairman, Jon Rubinstein the former Apple star who forged Palm's new approach was installed as chief executive. Could it be that the company still most famous for the Palm Pilot had turned itself around after several years in the doldrums?
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