Exchange ActiveSync - Not Just for Windows Mobile Anymore

by The Editor [Published on 6 Feb. 2006 / Last Updated on 6 Feb. 2006]

Direct Push, Remote Wipe Security and Global Address List Now Supported in RoadSync for Symbian OS based UIQ and Series 80 Smartphones.

DataViz, Inc., leading provider of Office compatibility solutions for over 22 years, has released an update to RoadSync, its Microsoft Exchange Server ActiveSync enabled client. RoadSync now supports select mobility features of Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) on Symbian OS. Based on the Exchange Server 2003 ActiveSync protocol licensed directly from Microsoft, RoadSync offers secure, wireless, direct push synchronization of corporate Outlook e-mail, attachments, calendar and contacts for non-Microsoft smartphones and mobile devices, including the popular Sony Ericsson P910 and Nokia 9300. In addition DataViz has also confirmed its commitment to develop RoadSync for both Symbian s60 3rd edition and UIQ 3.0. DataViz will be demonstrating their enterprise-grade mobile Office products; RoadSync and Documents To Go at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona, Spain from February 13-16, 2006.

"Our efforts are focused on raising awareness that businesses need not limit their device choices to those of Windows Mobile when they select the 'no middleware required' ActiveSync technology as their preferred method for wireless e-mail," said Dick Fontana, president of DataViz, Inc. "With over 48 million Symbian handsets now in circulation, RoadSync on Symbian OS gives enterprises who standardize on ActiveSync more choice when it comes to the mobile devices they deploy."

"Symbian OS is an open platform, offering enterprise customers the most comprehensive range of options for their mobile messaging needs," said Simon Garth, Vice President of Marketing at Symbian Ltd. "Enterprises large and small can now maximize their Exchange Server investment by using a mobile ActiveSync client, and still select from the best-of-breed Symbian OS phones."

Symbian OS phones are growing in popularity. As of Q3 2005, Symbian OS phone shipments grew more than 131% compared to the same quarter last year.  According to technology analyst firm Canalys, overall global shipments of smartphones are up 183% year on year in Q3 2005 with Symbian emerging as the market leader.

The following new features will be available in RoadSync for Symbian OS based UIQ and Series 80 smartphones when installed in combination with the Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2:

  • Seamless Direct Push Technology

Support for Direct Push Technology ensures that the device automatically receives new e-mail and other PIM data from a company's Exchange Server. RoadSync uses a HTTP connection with industry-standard SSL encryption to securely push e-mail, calendar and contact notifications to and from the device.

  • Remote Wipe Security Feature

Through central device management tools included with Exchange Server, IT managers can trigger a remote wipe that removes all of the Exchange data from the device. This new security feature will help to ensure corporate data is not compromised when devices are lost or fall into the wrong hands.

  • Global Address List (GAL)

Mobile professionals can access their company address book, also known as GAL, over the air when composing e-mail messages. This feature is especially helpful when sending e-mails to colleagues while away from the office.

  • Additional Data Compression

The RoadSync client communicates with the Exchange Server 2003 (SP2) providing a list of supported data formats. In return the server intelligently responds to the request with a compressed data format (when available) that the device can use. This translates in a faster experience when sending and receiving messages, less data usage and reduced sync times.

DataViz will also be showcasing Documents To Go, featuring InTact Technology for Symbian OS devices. This award-winning mobile Office suite allows users to access and edit Microsoft Office documents and e-mail attachments on a variety of mobile devices, including the Sony Ericsson P910, Nokia 9300 smartphone and Palm Treo 650. Documents To Go supports the following platforms: Symbian OS based UIQ, Symbian OS based Series 80 and Palm OS.

To see a live demonstration of RoadSync and Documents To Go, visit the DataViz booth (#J88) at the 3GSM World Congress, February 13-16. For more information about the Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2, visit Microsoft's website (http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/default.mspx).

Pricing and Availability

RoadSync for UIQ and Series 80 is available directly from DataViz for $99.99 (www.dataviz.com).  It is also available from international partners including Dangaard Telecom, UK Dealer EMCC, and Swedish distributor Datanät. DataViz will add support for Symbian OS based UIQ 3.0 and S60 3rd edition in future versions of RoadSync.

About DataViz, Inc.

DataViz is an industry leader in developing and marketing Office compatibility and productivity solutions across a variety of platforms including Palm OS, Symbian OS, Java, Pocket PC, Windows and Macintosh. Founded in 1984, DataViz began its business developing file conversion software and has since expanded its expertise to providing solutions that meet the increasing demands of the handheld and mobile markets. With solutions that include their award-winning mobile Office suite, Documents To Go, and wireless Outlook synchronization solution, RoadSync, DataViz is committed to providing premium solutions that mobilize 'Microsoft Office' for today's knowledge workers and provide instant access to critical files and business data. DataViz is a member of Nokia Forum Pro, Palm's Plugged-In Developer's program, Sony Ericsson Core+ developer's program and is a Symbian Platinum Partner and Orange Partner Premium member. In addition, the company has developed strategic partnerships with Microsoft, Palm, Sony, Apple and other industry leaders both domestically and abroad.

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