Palm, Inc. has announced that the Microsoft Service Feature Pack (MSFP) client for its Treo 700w smartphone will be available later this month.
With MSFP, businesses will be able to deliver ‘push’ email to their employees using Treo 700w smartphones wirelessly connected to their Exchange 2003 servers without the need for third-party software, hardware, or service fees.
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.
Not Just Email
While much of the focus has been on MSFP’s push email functions, this software update will also allow the Treo 700w to wirelessly synchronize calendar items, contacts and tasks with Microsoft Exchange.
In addition, it will allow over-the-air lookup of a company’s Exchange Global Address List (GAL), and security features for IT administrators, such as over-the-air device password policy enforcement and remote wipe of the device in case it is lost or stolen.
Pricing and Availability
The Microsoft Service Feature Pack requires that a software update be installed on both the Treo and the Exchange Server.
Palm did not name a specific date when these software updates will be released, aside from saying it will be later this month.
The company also said that, going forward, the software will be pre-installed on Treo 700ws, as well as future Treo models based on Windows Mobile.
Not Just Palm
Naturally, Palm and Verizon aren’t going to be the only companies to offer the MSFP update.
Cingular Wireless, Orange, T-Mobile, i-Mate, and Vodafone have all announced free upgrades for all their Windows Mobile 5.0 customers, though none of these, as yet, have revealed when these will be available.