Exchange Server 2007 And Windows Mobile 6.0

Shortly after the release of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, the newest version of Windows Mobile – Windows Mobile 6 was released. Formerly codenamed Crossbow, this release contains a number of enterprise ready features designed to work natively with Exchange Server 2007 to provide a robust mobile experience. In this post I'll provide an overview of […]

Shortly after the release of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, the newest version of Windows Mobile – Windows Mobile 6 was released. Formerly codenamed Crossbow, this release contains a number of enterprise ready features designed to work natively with Exchange Server 2007 to provide a robust mobile experience. In this post I'll provide an overview of the features available when using Exchange 2007 and Windows Mobile 6.0. For comparison, I'll also provide some information about the capabilities of Windows Mobile 5.0.

Windows Mobile Feature Matrix

First, let's examine the differences between Windows Mobile 5.0 and Windows Mobile 6.0. That is best done through use of a table. Note: This table provides information about synchronization with Exchange Server 2007. Previous versions of Microsoft Exchange Server do not provide all of these features.

Feature

Windows Mobile 6.0

Windows Mobile 5.0 with MSFP

Direct Push

Yes

Yes

Email, Calendar, and Contact Synchronization

Yes

Yes

Task Synchronization

Yes

Yes

HTML Email Support

Yes

No

Message Flags

Yes

No

Meeting Attendee Information

Yes

No

Out of Office Management

Yes

No

Exchange Search

Yes

No

Windows SharePoint Services and Windows file share (UNC) document access

Yes

No

Inline Message Fetch

Yes

No

Exchange ActiveSync Policy Support

Yes

Yes

Remote Device Wipe

Yes

Yes

SSL Encryption

Yes

Yes

Device Certificate for Authentication Management

Yes

No

Recovery Password

Yes

No

You'll probably recognize parts of this table from my previous blog post: http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2007/04/06/437572.aspx .

There are several new features with Windows Mobile 6.0. These include the following:

  • Support for HTML message format
  • Support for message flags
  • Support for Meeting Attendee Information
  • Out of Office Management
  • Exchange Search
  • Inline Message Fetch
  • Windows SharePoint Services and Windows file share (UNC) document access
  • Device Certificate for Authentication Management

In the following pages, I'll explore a number of these features.

HTML Message Format

One of the most visually exciting features of Windows Mobile 6.0 is the ability to view HTML formatted email messages on your mobile device. The first figure shows a side by side comparison of an HTML formatted email message. The emulator on the left is the email displayed on a Windows Mobile 5.0 device. The emulator on the right is the email displayed on a Windows Mobile 6.0 device:

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