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LINK: WiFi Did You Do That? Or why Microsoft left W-LAN Sync out of ActiveSync 4
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 09.11.06 - 12:00:12 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 8449x
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Accept it or hate (or both, as I do) it but since the introduction of Microsoft ActiveSync 4, which is the required version for Windows Mobile 5 devices, ActiveSync isn't supporting PC sync (not Server-sync) over WLAN anymore. As a matter of fact it means that Pocket PCs and Smartphones can be synced by a (USB) cable connection or (Bluetooth) wireless connection only since Microsoft dropped the W-LAN support in favor of increased security.
While many users (including myself) dislike it, Mike Calligaro from the Windows Mobile division tried to explain it in depth why Microsoft left it and how the future might looks like. Definitely worth to read:

Having survived explaining why the X button doesn't close apps, I've been emboldened to take on the completely radioactive subject of why WiFi ActiveSync was removed from ActiveSync 4. I'm sure that I won't come out of this one unscathed. The people affected by this are really angry. And, though I didn't have anything to do with the decision, I'm guessing that you're going to take your frustrations out on me anyway. But, hey, someone needs to explain why these things happen. That someone might as well be me.

Conspiracy theories abound. Because WiFi to an Exchange server still works, some people have suggested we did this to sell more Exchange servers. That's definitely not the case. Exchange has considerably more customers than Windows Mobile (although we're growing quickly!). Hurting Windows Mobile to make Exchange do better just wouldn't make any sense. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure that the integration between Exchange and Windows Mobile has driven sales of both. But we're not about to hurt one product to help the other. If nothing else, Windows Mobile and Exchange are in different divisions, and both are expected to make money on their own. So even if Exchange came to us and said, "Why don't you hurt yourself to help us?" we'd say "No thank you." (Okay, our response would be less polite than that….)

Check out the Windows Mobile Team Blog for the whole truth.

Cheers ~ Arne

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