Microsoft Pushing Push Email

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Microsoft has made much of the fact that Windows Mobile 5.0 handhelds and smartphones will be able to work with its Push email system.

Problem is, they require a software upgrade to have this support. If Microsoft wants people to use its new system, then it has to insure that they have access to the Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP).

Today, Cingular Wireless, Orange, T-Mobile, and Vodafone announced free upgrades MSFP for all their Windows Mobile 5.0 customers. Palm Inc. and i-Mate also reaffirmed their commitment to free MSFP upgrades.

However, none of these companies revealed when these would be available.

In addition, several device makers promised that future Windows Mobile 5.0 handheld and smartphone models would come with the MSFP pre-installed.

What Is Push Email?

Traditional email is pull email, in which a device occasionally asks a server if there’s any new messages. In push email, as soon as an incoming email arrives on the server, it is pushed out to the device, and the user is immediately notified of it.

Push email is widely credited as being the secret of the success of RIM’s BlackBerry line of wireless handhelds. Thanks mostly to this one feature, RIM is now the number one producer of handhelds in the world.

Other companies are eager to imitate this success, and have been developing their own devices with push email.

One of these companies is Microsoft, which is why it is developing the MSFP.

And because this is Microsoft, it has an advantage RIM doesn’t have. To implement its version of Push email, companies will only need a service pack on their Exchange server. Other solutions require a dedicated push email server between Exchange and the client devices.

The Messaging and Security Feature Pack will bring more than Push email. It will also automatically synchronize the user’s calendar, contacts, and Tasks. It will even allow for over-the-air lookup of global address list information stored on the Exchange Server.

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