Thanks to the success of Research In Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry line of cellular-wireless handhelds and smartphones, push email has quickly become an almost absolute requirement for mobile devices. That’s why Microsoft itself offers a push email solution for Windows Mobile models.
The problems with Microsoft’s system, though, is that it only supports devices running Windows Mobile 5.0, the latest version of its operating system for portable devices.
Not surprisingly, many companies have rushed in to help individuals and companies with older Windows Mobile handhelds and smartphones.
The latest of these is DataViz, who announced today that RoadSync, its Exchange ActiveSync client, will offer push email to many Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition devices, starting with the HP iPAQ hw6500 series and Samsung i700 series.
With this software, these models will be able to take advantage of the new features in Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Exchange Server 2003.
This means that, in addition to the benefits of push email, older Pocket PCs will be able to wirelessly synchronize calendar items, contacts, and tasks with Microsoft Exchange. And, though customers will need to purchase software for the Windows Mobile 2003 SE devices, the software the Exchange servers need to implement this solution is free, and is already offered by many ISPs.
Of course, this isn’t the only company offering push email to older Pocket PCs. Intellisync, for example, offers a similar system.
DataViz says RoadSync for Windows Mobile 2003 will be available in during the third quarter of this year.
More information on this application is available on the DataViz web site.