Mary Jo Foley reports that her sources told her that Apple will announce this week — possibly as soon as June 27 — that it has licensed the Exchange ActiveSync licensing protocol. Via the licensing arrangement, Apple iPhone users will be able to connect to Exchange Server and make use of its wireless messaging and synchronization capabilities:
I’ve asked both Microsoft and Apple for comments on this supposedly imminent announcement. No word from Apple so far. Microsoft’s statement, via a corporate spokeswoman:
“We can’t comment on (these) rumors. In general, Microsoft is always in discussions with other companies about licensing its intellectual property.”
If Apple has, indeed, licensed ActiveSync, I wonder whether Exchange compatibility will be available immediately when the iPhones go on sale on June 29, or if it will be a follow-on feature, available some number of months after the iPhones start shipping.
Source:→ ZDNet BlogApple, iPhone, Microsoft, Exchange Server, Exchange ActiveSync, Compatibility