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SYNC: DataViz' RoadSync adds MSFP features to Windows Mobile 2003 devices
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 12.09.06 - 11:10:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 9521x
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DataViz, Inc., announced yesterday that RoadSync, its Exchange ActiveSync client, is now available for mobile devices with Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition software as well. In addition to wirelessly synchronizing E-Mail, attachments, calendar and contacts, this edition of RoadSync supports new mobility features added in Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) such as: Direct Push Technology, Remote Wipe, Global Address List Lookup and IT Policy Enforcement. As Microsoft Exchange added these new mobility features in SP2, a corresponding Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP) was added to Windows Mobile 5.0 software, but there was still a need for comparable MSFP features for Windows Mobile 2003-based devices. DataViz has stepped in to fill this need with RoadSync by effectively delivering a similar feature pack for devices with Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition software. This provides IT departments the ability to further maximize their existing device investments while offering mobility in a more secure and managed way.

DataViz will also offer RoadSync for Windows Mobile 5.0. This version will build upon the current wireless synchronization capabilities while adding support for new Exchange 2007 productivity features such as: E-Mail flagging, online mailbox search, support for linked SharePoint files and more.

"As an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) we are able to react quickly and extend the reach of the new mobility features added to Exchange, making those enhancements available to devices already shipping in the market today," said Ilya Eliashevsky RoadSync product manager, DataViz, Inc. "RoadSync for Windows Mobile 2003 makes the key SP2 features, such as Direct Push, available to the tens of thousands of Windows Mobile 2003 devices already in today's enterprises. As Exchange 2007 adds new mobility features we plan to subsequently make many of those features available for current devices running Windows Mobile 5.0."

"The Messaging and Security Feature Pack for Windows Mobile offers E-Mail and other updated Outlook items such as calendar, tasks and contacts, delivered to a device in real time, providing yet another option in how people stay connected to important information while on the go," said Chris Hill, group product manager, Microsoft Corp. "We are pleased that DataViz is bringing this experience to businesses and individuals currently using Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition-based devices."

The following features are among those that are supported with RoadSync for Windows Mobile 2003 when installed in combination with SP2:

  • Direct Push Technology: Support for Direct Push Technology ensures that the device automatically receives new E-Mail and other PIM data from a company's Exchange Server. RoadSync uses an HTTP connection with industry-standard SSL encryption to securely push E-Mail, calendar and contact notifications to and from the device.
  • Remote Wipe Security: Through central device management tools, Exchange administrators can trigger a remote wipe to remove all sensitive data from the device. This security feature will help to ensure corporate data is not compromised when devices are lost or fall into the wrong hands.
  • Global Address List (GAL): Over-the-air access to the corporate contact list, also known as GAL, provides a deeper level of mobile office connectivity while maintaining a local personalized and filtered contact list on the mobile device.
  • Select IT Policies: Support for select remotely enforced IT policies will provide Exchange administrators with the ability to manage user policies such as requiring a device password.

DataViz will also have editions of RoadSync that will support many of the new mobility features in Exchange 2007 for a variety of platforms including Windows Mobile 5.0, Symbian S60 and UIQ 3.0.

To see a live demonstration of RoadSync for Windows Mobile 2003 along with other DataViz solutions, visit the DataViz booth (#731) at the CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainments show September 12-14 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This edition of RoadSync supports Pocket PC devices based on Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition software only; but  RoadSync for Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition Smartphones will begin shipping next month also.

RoadSync for Windows Mobile 2003 is available direct from DataViz for US$ 49.99. It is also available through many Value Added Resellers (VAR's), Exchange hosting companies and distributors worldwide. For a complete list of resellers you can also check DataViz's website.

Cheers ~ Arne

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