Nokia Licenses Microsoft’s ActiveSync

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Nokia’s Enterprise Solutions business group today announced that it has licensed Microsoft ‘s Exchange Server ActiveSync protocol. This will allow wireless and direct synchronization between Microsoft Exchange Server and future Nokia smartphones and wireless handhelds.

This agreement will allow Nokia to build a direct over-the-air synchronization link between its mobile devices and Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. This will permit the transfer of email and other personal information management (PIM) data, such as calendar information and contacts.

Nokia will continue to support the OMA Data Synchronization protocol and its own Nokia PC Suite, a local connectivity solution that utilizes OMA Data Synchronization for PCs and Nokia mobile devices.

“Nokia is committed to answering the broader needs of enterprises across the world by giving them access to the widest possible choice of email and PIM solutions on the market today and tomorrow,” said Mary McDowell, senior vice president and general manager, Nokia’s Enterprise Solutions business group. “Licensing this protocol provides our customers with a seamless solution for integrating our mobile devices into their back-end.”

The terms of the licensing agreement were not disclosed, and it is not known when the first Nokia devices with ActiveSync will appear.

Nokia isn’t the first company to go this route. palmOne also licensed the ActiveSync protocol to allow Treo smartphones to synchronize with Microsoft Exchange Server.

This announcement was made at the 3GSM World Congress, going on now in Cannes, France.

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