Together with the Smartphone 2002 launch yesterday, Microsoft also officially released the latest ActiveSync version 3.6 which includes - beside the Smartphone 2002 support - also some improvements for Pocket PC and Pocket PC Phone Editon:
Microsoft ActiveSync 3.6 is the latest synchronization software for Microsoft Windows Powered Pocket PCs and Smartphones. ActiveSync 3.6 includes all the significant improvements brought to you in ActiveSync 3.5: it is easy to install and use while offering the best levels of reliability. If you had not already installed ActiveSync 3.5, ActiveSync 3.6 will also bring you up to date with compatibility to Microsoft Office XP and Windows XP.
Microsoft ActiveSync 3.6 includes all of ActiveSync 3.5's major updates. These updates contain the following three improvements:
The New Partnership Wizard now makes it easier for you to configure your mobile device to synchronize with a server. (Note that this functionality is available if your company is running Microsoft Mobile Information Server 2002 or later.) If you are already synchronizing with a server, the options to configure your server synchronization settings are now easier to use.
What does it mean to synchronize with a server?
If your company is running Microsoft Mobile Information Server 2002, and you're using Windows Powered Pocket PC 2002 with the Server ActiveSync device update, you can synchronize information between your mobile device and Microsoft Exchange Server 2000 or later. This helps you keep all of your information up-to-date, even when your desktop computer is turned off. Earlier Pocket PC 2002 devices that may not have come with the Server ActiveSync update can be refreshed with a free Web download - specific information on how to update a Pocket PC 2002 device for Server ActiveSync is included with Mobile Information Server 2002.
ActiveSync 3.6 includes all of the reliability improvements that ActiveSync 3.5 introduced. This includes dramatic improvements to USB connectivity and synchronization and critical fixes to remote synchronization. By intelligently managing conflicts and updating your system with new and improved USB drivers ActiveSync 3.6 more reliably keeps users up to date with all of the information they need.
Outlook Security and USB updates
If you have ActiveSync 3.1 build #9386 or build #9439 and you are unable to connect your Windows Powered Device to your desktop PC or laptop using a USB connection, you may need to download the latest version of ActiveSync. In addition, if you have installed the Outlook 98 or Outlook 2000 Security Update you may also need to download ActiveSync 3.5.
With ActiveSync, you can set the PC connection speed on Pocket PC from 19.2 KBps to 115 KBps. ActiveSync will automatically detect the selected port speed and update the PC's serial port to match it. Further, ActiveSync will automatically detect and configure the port that is used to connect a device to a PC, whether a serial port or an infrared port is chosen. In addition to serial and infrared connections, ActiveSync supports Ethernet and dial-up connections and supports both wired and wireless implementations of those standards.
ActiveSync 3.6 supports Windows 98 (including Second Edition), Windows NT 4.0 SP 6, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 2000 Professional Edition, and Windows XP. ActiveSync 3.5 also supports Office 97, Office 2000, and Office XP, including Outlook 98, Outlook 2000, and Outlook 2002. (Note: ActiveSync 3.6 does not support Outlook 97)
Cheers ~ Arne
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