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When the founders of Palm set out to create what wouldbecome history's hottest computer gadget, they didn't go italone. Instead, they wrote detailed specifications for a hand-heldelectronic organizer called the Pilot--then they invited othercompanies to create parts of the product that eventually sold morethan 1 million units in its first 18 months.

One company that contributed to the project was The WindwardGroup, a 75-person developer in Los Gatos, ,that created desktop applications with a link to the Pilot."We decomposed the system into chunks which we developed ontheir behalf," president Doug Engfer explains.

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