Microsoft ActiveSync 4.1 Released

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The official release of Microsoft’s new ActiveSync is here. There are a few fixes and updates, but sync over WiFi is not included and probably won’t be due to security concerns. Fixes include a new partnership wizard, faster transfer of data files, and the ability to sync photos assigned to contacts from Outlook on the desktop.

Do get the download or for more information, visit the Microsoft Download Center.

From the site

ActiveSync 4.1 is the latest sync software release for Windows Mobile 5.0-based devices.

Microsoft ActiveSync provides a great synchronization experience with Windows -based PCs and Microsoft Outlook right out of the box. ActiveSync acts as the gateway between your Windows-based PC and Windows Mobile-based device, enabling the transfer of Outlook information, Office documents, pictures, music, videos and applications from your desktop to your device. In addition to synchronizing with a desktop PC, ActiveSync can synchronize directly with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 so that you can keep your e-mail, calendar data, notes and contact information updated wirelessly when you’re away from your PC.*

New features include:
New partnership wizard to help customers more easily setup a sync partnership
Faster transfer of data files including media
Ability to sync photos assigned to contacts from Outlook on the desktop

ActiveSync 4.1 supports PC sync via USB cable, Bluetooth, or infrared connection.

NOTE:
Faster file transfer speed and photo sync via Outlook are only available for Windows Mobile 5.0-based devices.

Remote PC Sync (via Wifi or LAN) has been removed due to Enterprise customer feedback around security issues. If you are using this feature on a Windows Mobile 2003-based device, please continue using ActiveSync 3.x or earlier.

Beginning in 2006, customers using Microsoft Exchange 2003 Service Pack 2 with devices running the Messaging and Security Feature Pack for Windows Mobile 5.0 will benefit from the following feature enhancements in ActiveSync 4.1: DirectPush Mail, local device wipe, and certificate-based authentication to Exchange Server.

*Connectivity and synchronization may require separately purchased equipment and/or wireless products (e.g., WiFi card, network software, server hardware, and/or redirector software). Service plans are required for Internet, WiFi and phone access.  Features and performance may vary by service provider and are subject to network limitations. See device manufacturer, service provider and/or corporate IT department for details.

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