Microsoft Updates ActiveSync

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Microsoft has posted on its web site a new version of its synchronization software for the latest Windows Mobile devices.

Changes in ActiveSync 4.2 help solve connectivity-related problems with Microsoft Outlook, proxies, partnerships, and connectivity

For more details, or to download ActiveSync 4.2, visit Microsoft’s web site. This is a free update.

For Windows Mobile 5.0 Only

Microsoft suggests that only those using Windows Mobile 5.0 handhelds and smartphones use the latest version of this software.

Those with handhelds or smartphones running earlier versions of this operating system might be happier with ActiveSync 3.8, as the newer versions lack several features some people may have become accustomed to.

For security reasons, it is no longer possible to synchronize over a Wi-Fi connection, for example. It still allows users to synchronize via Bluetooth, though.

Despite the drawbacks, there are some advantages to ActiveSync 4.2, like integration with Windows Media Player on the desktop.

Those running Windows Mobile 5.0 must use ActiveSync 4.0 or above.

What is ActiveSync?

Microsoft ActiveSync is the application that lets Windows Mobile handhelds and smartphones synchronize their contents with desktops and servers.

When synchronizing with a Windows PC, it allows the transfer of Outlook information, Office documents, pictures, music, videos, and applications to and from the mobile device.

In addition to synchronizing with a desktop, ActiveSync can synchronize directly with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003.

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