Microsoft’s new “Blackberry” package for Windows Mobile 5.0

Microsoft’s new “Blackberry” package for Windows Mobile 5.0


Microsoft has released a new feature pack for Windows Mobile 5.0, it provides business users with Direct Push Technology for messaging and enhanced security features.

The technology allows for business users to keep their Outlook Mobile up to date by directly delivering information to a Windows Mobile-based device from an Exchange Server. This will reduce the cost of requiring businesses to pay for expensive servers or middleware.

Direct Push technology will give access to Outlook e-mail, calendar, contacts and recently added support for Tasks. These can be pushed to the Windows Mobile device from the connection to the Exchange Server. Similar to a service that Blackberry users have cheerfully been using for years.

IT professionals can manage Windows Mobile-based devices the same way they manage PCs and servers through new features that support remotely enforced IT policies. For example, IT administrators can mandate a password to be set for every device and set recommended and mandatory policies, as well as set exception lists for users to be exempt from these policies.

The ability to remove all information from a device, over the air, and reset a device to its original state no matter where that device is. IT administrators will have great access to manage sensitive information on a misplaced Windows Mobile-based device. In addition, the administrator can choose to have the local memory on a device erased if the correct password is not entered after a designated number of attempts.

Native support for new certificate-based authentication has been setup, a leading security request from partners, utilizes industry security standards to enable users to gain access to their corporate network, without using a separate password, and eliminates the need to store corporate login credentials on the device.

Outlook data sent between Exchange Server and a Windows Mobile-based devices are significantly compressed. This will enable faster transfers and synchronizations of data. Microsoft conducted tests which resulted in network bandwidth savings between 35 percent and 50 percent.