Microsoft Updates Windows Mobile For Push Email, Exchange Sync
Jun 6, 2005, 12:52 PM by (staff)
Microsoft today announced the Messaging and Security feature pack for Windows Mobile 5.0. This update to the recently released OS overhauls Microsoft's push email solution to be more transparent, working to sync email, contacts, calendar, and now tasks between an Exchange server and Windows Mobile 5 device without any user interaction. The update also adds several security features, such as the ability for an administrator to remotely erase a misplaced device as well as manage security and application setup.
Samsung Releases Focus, a Combined Email and Calendar App
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Gmail for Android Gains Microsoft Exchange Support
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Cortana Won't Let You Forget Your Promises
Microsoft today said it is adding new features to Cortana that will help people better manage their schedules. To start, Cortana will be more proactive with respect to reminders.
Google Makes Its Calendar Play Better with Microsoft Exchange
Google this week updated Google Calendar so that it interacts more fully with Microsoft Exchange Server. Specifically, Google Calendar now supports real-time free / busy lookups between Google and Microsoft servers within businesses.
Google's Tasks App Works Directly with Gmail and Calendar
Google believes its Tasks mobile application for Android and iOS devices will help users manage and complete tasks more efficiently. The app lets people create tasks lists; view, edit, and manage tasks from any device; and control tasks created in Gmail, Google Calendar, or on the web from mobile devices.
Slowly Playing Catch-up
RIM seems to still have a big jump on them in this department. There product is better, faster and more secure on both the device and server side. The funny part is, in most situations they need Exchange to make their solution work (Domino and Groupwise are the other compatible mail servers). They actually leverage a Microsoft product better than Microsoft !
With Mobile 5, MS slowly gets back into the race but there are still major things that need to be changed if they want to overtake RIM and become the powerhouse of push e-mail. They are the following:
1.Easier to use devices...