Better Together: Windows Mobile 5.0 and Exchange Server 2003

Published: October 5, 2005

Maintain your productivity on business trips or when working away from your desk with your Microsoft Windows Mobile–based device connecting to Exchange Server 2003. You can stay in touch with co-workers and clients, keep track of appointments, and monitor your tasks from devices that are compact and easy-to-use. From the same Windows Mobile–based device, you can gain access to your line of business applications or work on important documents in familiar tools like Microsoft Office Mobile. The best part is that your access to Exchange Server data has no added cost for your company. Windows Mobile–based devices are directly integrated with Exchange Server 2003 through the Exchange ActiveSync protocol. There is no requirement to deploy a middleware solution or pay for any client access or subscription fees.

Improved Mobile Messaging

The Messaging and Security Feature Pack for Windows Mobile 5.0, together with Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2), is the latest set of improvements to the Microsoft mobile messaging solution. SP2 and the Feature Pack provide a better Microsoft Office Outlook Mobile experience while making it easier than ever to manage and control devices.

Direct Push Technology keeps you up-to-date by delivering e-mail messages, schedules, contacts, and tasks directly over the air to your mobile device as they occur. You can react quickly to last-minute changes in schedules and manage your task lists even while away from your desk. Direct Push, by its nature, is a more efficient synchronization method, and when combined with new GZIP data compression, translates to a faster method of sending and receiving messages. You can also use your mobile device to access full contact list details from your company address book, the Global Address List (GAL), any time of the day or night.

Building on Exchange Server 2003 capabilities, your IT administration can remotely manage and enforce device policy and security measures to meet corporate security needs.

New management features give administrators the ability to:

Establish mobile devices policies, which can be mandatory or recommended

Exempt some users from a policy

Check whether an issued device has the latest policy settings, and mandate the device to download the new policy and settings or block non-compliant devices from syncing

Device password management has been improved. Administrators can:

Set the strength and length of the password for the device

Determine device inactivity time before the user needs to enter a password again

Lock the device and erase the data stored in the internal memory and reset the device to factory settings, after a specified number of incorrect password attempts

Remote wipe of mobile device data helps provide another layer of protection for business information. Lost or stolen devices are no longer worrisome. An administrator or Help desk representative can initiate the command to a device resetting the device back to its factory settings.

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Return on Investment

With Exchange Server 2003, you've got the information infrastructure in place. Deploying Windows Mobile–based devices enables you to use your existing investment in Exchange Server to help mobile workers stay connected to the people and information they need to move the business forward. Benefits include:

Lower costs. Pre-built integration between Exchange Server and Windows Mobile–based devices means there's no need to pay extra for additional server, subscription, or client access fees to get direct access to Exchange Server data.

Greater productivity and effectiveness. Windows Mobile–based devices, easy to use with familiar applications, enable mobile workers to be productive no matter where they are. Gain access to critical line-of-business applications from the same devices that deliver Direct Push e-mail messages.

Efficient management and security. IT administrators can remotely manage devices and enforce select corporate IT policy over the air, such as mandating passwords, with measures to protect corporate data if devices are lost or stolen.

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