Following up on a previous announcement, Palm, Inc. and Verizon Wireless are now offering the Messaging & Security Feature Pack (MSFP) client for the Treo 700w.
With MSFP, companies are 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 periodically checks a server for 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
Although much of the focus has been on MSFP’s push email functions, this software update also allows this smartphone 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.
In addition, Palm is taking advantage of this ROM update to make some other changes. Treo 700w Updater 1.10 also includes enhancements for this device’s image and videos application and a new wireless manager that offers an updated interface for turning wireless radios on and off.
Pricing and Availability
The Microsoft Service Feature Pack requires that software updates be installed on both the Treo and the Exchange Server.
The server update (SP2) has been available for some time, as the 700w isn’t the first Windows Mobile device to offer this push email system.
The software for the smartphone can be found on Palm’s web site.
This 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.
There is no charge for either the server update or the one for the Treo.