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FINDING: Windows Mobile 6 Standard supports file synchronization - a kind of
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 16.05.07 - 15:01:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 12123x
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While Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs supports file synchronization since its introduction as Pocket PC back in April 2000, so far Smartphone users were left in the dust with file synchronization. First Microsoft said there is no need for file synchronization because Smartphones, or how they are called now, Windows Mobile 6 Standard devices doesn't support Office Mobile and therefore sync wouldn't makes sense but after Microsoft realized that snapped photos and recorded videos are better synchronized and therefore added a media sync-feature to Microsoft's Vista Windows Mobile Device Center.

However, the WMDC only syncs multimedia files like photos, music and videos between a Vista PC and Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone. However, as Kris Kumar from Smartphone Thoughts figured out now, file sync is also supported - if you was smart enough not to upgrade to Windows Vista but if you stayed with Windows XP and ActiveSync 4.5:

Can't believe the title? I am still coming to terms with what I have just found out. Not sure if Microsoft has declared this in the Windows Mobile 6 feature list, or if I somehow didn't read the feature list properly and skipped over this much desired feature. It is too good to be true. When Microsoft launched the Windows Mobile Smartphone edition, they decided not to include two ActiveSync related features that is available on the Pocket PC edition - file sync and Outlook notes sync. Now with the introduction of Windows Mobile 6 Standard edition, one of this limitation has been removed.

Again, file sync is only available for Windows XP's ActiveSync, Windows Vista's Windows Mobile Device Center still dislike to sync files other than the one mentioned above.

Cheers ~ Arne

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