LONDON, UK — At The Symbian Smartphone Show in London, DataViz, Inc., leading provider of Office compatibility solutions for over 21 years, today announced a public preview of its mobile Microsoft Exchange Server ActiveSync enabled client, RoadSync, with support for select mobility features of Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) on Symbian OS. Based on the Exchange Server 2003 ActiveSync protocol licensed directly from Microsoft, RoadSync offers secure, wireless, direct synchronization of corporate Outlook e-mail, attachments, calendar and contacts for non-Microsoft smartphones and mobile devices, such as the popular Symbian OS and UIQ-based Sony Ericsson P910 series. With RoadSync, companies who rely on Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 for their corporate messaging and collaboration needs are able to further utilize their existing server investment and deploy a low-cost, easy-to-implement mobility strategy for their workforce that does not require any middleware servers. In addition, they have the ability to choose from a range of mobile devices found in the market and deploy a solution without any additional setup or recurring service fees commonly associated with today’s alternatives for wireless e-mail.
“The commitment from mobility experts like DataViz has been crucial to providing Exchange Server 2003 customers with an added level of connectivity, which allows them to maximize the potential of their mobile workforce,” said Donna Conner, Senior Product Manager of Exchange Server marketing at Microsoft Corp. “With this version of RoadSync from DataViz, Exchange Server 2003 customers benefit from the enhanced ability to always be connected to their Outlook e-mail, calendar and other data and to instantly receive and send updated Exchange Server data on a variety of mobile devices.”
“Mobility and wireless e-mail, in particular, are clearly emerging as top priorities for an increasing number of businesses,” said Brendan Press, Marketing Director for Sony Ericsson. “With RoadSync’s inclusion of SP2 features, the P910 smartphone is among the first to demonstrate this compelling, highly scalable solution for direct synchronization with Exchange. It is solutions like RoadSync that illustrate the true power of the P910 as a business tool, highly targeted towards the enterprise.”
“Symbian is pleased to see DataViz evolve their RoadSync solution to deliver the upcoming ActiveSync SP2 mobility features on Symbian OS. RoadSync allows Symbian OS customers, the world’s leading handset manufacturers, to offer products that bring together the latest mobile benefits of Exchange Server 2003 with Symbian OS, the world’s leading mobile operating system for smartphones,” Simon Garth, VP, Marketing, Symbian Ltd.
This public preview supports Symbian OS based UIQ smartphones. The following new features will be available with RoadSync for UIQ when installed in combination with the Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2:
- Seamless Direct Push Technology
Support for Direct Push Technology ensures that the device automatically receives new e-mail and other PIM data from a company’s Exchange Server. RoadSync uses an HTTP connection with industry-standard SSL encryption to securely push e-mail, calendar and contact notifications to and from the device.
- Remote Wipe Security Feature
Through central device management tools included with Exchange Server, IT managers can trigger a remote wipe that removes all of the Exchange data from the device. This new security feature will help to ensure corporate data is not compromised when devices are lost or fall into the wrong hands.
“Wireless e-mail is rapidly moving into the messaging mainstream,” said Carmi Levy, Senior Research Analyst with Info-Tech Research Group. “Record U.S. subscriber growth rates between 2004 and 2005, coupled with the emergence of advanced smartphones and carrier support, are making robust mobile messaging increasingly viable for a wider audience. Solutions like RoadSync, which integrate directly with Exchange and require no additional middleware, can minimize the technology’s current cost and resource barriers and allow more businesses to readily leverage the benefits of mobile e-mail.”
“We are excited to announce the availability of our public preview for RoadSync that incorporates the much-anticipated push and remote wipe features of the ActiveSync protocol,” said Ilya Eliashevsky, Product Manager, DataViz, Inc. “Both mobile workers and IT professionals will benefit from these new features. Mobile workers will get always-up-to-date delivery of critical e-mail and other Outlook data on their smartphone, which in essence gives them ‘Blackberry-like’ functionality. Through centralized management tools, including the new remote wipe feature, IT departments will be able to more securely manage their company’s critical Exchange data that has been synchronized to a user’s mobile device.”
To see a live demonstration of the RoadSync for UIQ preview along with other DataViz solutions, visit the DataViz booth (#71) at The Smartphone Show presented by Symbian Ltd, October 11-12, 2005. To sign-up for the RoadSync public preview, visit http://www.dataviz.com/publicpreview. For more information about the Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2, visit Microsoft’s website (http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/default.mspx).
About DataViz, Inc.
DataViz is an industry leader in developing and marketing Office compatibility and productivity solutions across a variety of platforms including Palm OS, Symbian OS, Java, Pocket PC, Windows and Macintosh. Founded in 1984, DataViz began its business developing file conversion software and has since expanded its expertise to providing solutions that meet the increasing demands of the handheld and mobile markets. With solutions that include their award-winning mobile Office suite, Documents To Go, and wireless Outlook synchronization solution, RoadSync, DataViz is committed to providing premium solutions that mobilize ‘Microsoft Office’ for today’s knowledge workers and provide instant access to critical files and business data. DataViz is a member of Nokia Forum Pro, Palm’s Plugged-In Developer’s program, Sony Ericsson Core+ developer’s program and is a Symbian Platinum Partner and Orange Partner Premium member. In addition, the company has developed strategic partnerships with Microsoft, Palm, Sony, Apple and other industry leaders both domestically and abroad.