Server ActiveSync users (Windows Mobile and other platforms such Symbian) will have lots of new stuff they can control from the server side:
New Policies – We've added a ton of new policies. Look for an upcoming post for details.
Bandwidth reductions – Less round trips and less data transferred while maintaining functionality.
S/MIME support – S/MIME has been added and has backward support for WM 5 + MSFP. We have not only added S/MIME but there is now policy control around the use of S/MIME.
Sync State Upgrade for Migrations – Allows users to maintain their setting while their mailbox is transitioned from Exchange 2K3 to Exchange 2K7 (no need to re-sync to the new server).
Default Policy Support – A default policy can now be set so administrators don't have to apply the policy to each user or write a script to iterate though users.
Cancel Remote Wipe – Canceling remote device memory/storage wipes is now available in OWA and though Exchange Management Console.
However, I see an update for Windows Mobile 6 in the horizon already, seeing that this very important line is there: "For the record, there is corresponding client work that needs to be done to fully deliver this functionality to end user."
We all know what it means: partners will get to the market first. Palm has added ActiveSync support to VersaMail, DataViz has incorporated ActiveSync into its RoadSync product for Symbian S60, Symbian UIQ, and Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition. Nokia has also licensed ActiveSync for its Symbian S60 products and a few other partners are delivering products based on the ActiveSync protocol (even laptops with Windows SideShow, such as the Toshiba R400).
But updating Windows Mobile devices is always a pain, because we rely on mobile operator allowing the updates, which the way it goes requires people to buy new hardware a lot of the times (unless the device was release fairly recently).
Let's see how it goes this time...
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