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BETA: Microsoft released public Beta of ActiveSync 4.5 Beta 2
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 19.09.06 - 20:38:08 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 12840x
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It's neither final nor fully tested yet but Microsoft recently released another ActiveSync Beta - this time for ActiveSync 4.5. With the introduction of Windows Mobile 5.0, ActiveSync 4 is the only way to get the latest Windows Mobile devices synced with Windows-powered PCs and Microsoft Outlook - right out of the box. ActiveSync acts as the gateway between your Windows-powered PC and Windows Mobile-powered device, enabling the transfer of Outlook information, Office documents, pictures, music, videos and applications to and from your device. In addition to synchronizing with a desktop PC, ActiveSync can synchronize directly with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 so that you can keep your E-Mail, calendar data, tasks and contact information updated wirelessly when you're away from your PC.

Changes in ActiveSync 4.5 Beta 2 help resolve issues related to setup, partnerships, and connectivity with the PC and Microsoft Exchange. In addition, it includes a troubleshooter utility that scans your computer and device to identify problems and offers information and corrective actions to solve them.

ActiveSync 4.5 Beta 2 supports PC sync via USB cable, Bluetooth or infrared connection - LAN and W-LAN support - as we knew it from the recently shut-down ActiveSync 3.x - is still not supported in ActiveSync 4.5.

Further Features:

  • Faster file transfer speed and photo sync via Outlook are only available for Windows Mobile 5.0 powered devices.
  • Customers using Microsoft Exchange 2003 Service Pack 2 with devices running the Messaging and Security Feature Pack for Windows Mobile 5.0 will benefit from the following feature enhancements included in ActiveSync 4.5: Direct Push Technology, local device wipe, and certificate powered authentication to Microsoft Exchange.
  • Microsoft Outlook 2000 is not supported by ActiveSync 4.5 Beta 2. It is highly recommended that users upgrade to Microsoft Outlook 2003 messaging and collaboration client.
  • Conversion of database files for use on a mobile device is not supported by ActiveSync 4.5 Beta 2. On previous versions, this feature was limited to devices running Windows Mobile software for Pocket PC 2003 and earlier.
  • Conversion of font files for use on a mobile device is not supported by ActiveSync 4.5 Beta 2. On previous versions, this feature was limited to devices running Windows Mobile software for Pocket PC 2003 and earlier.

If you haven't faced any trouble with your current ActiveSync version, you shouldn't upgrade to ActiveSync 4.5 Beta 2 - not as long as it is a Beta. If you are using Windows Mobile devices before Windows Mobile 5.0 and you sync via W-LAN, you might want to stay with your current ActiveSync 3.x version anyway.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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