Treo 680 & Treo 700p Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) Update
After a year in the making Palm finally announced its much anticipated Microsoft Direct Push Technology for PalmOS Treo smartphones – including the new Treo 680 and Treo 700p but not the Treo 650.
Yesterday Palm released an Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) Update that is freely available to download and install.
While PalmOS based Treo smartphones have long been able to use Exchange ActiveSync to access Microsoft Exchange Server information using the VersaMail email client this new update enhances it further by adding Microsoft’s Direct Push Technology, which gives users connected to an Exchange Server fast, automatic wireless updates of email, calendar and contact information.
As Joe Fabris, director of wireless solutions, at Palm, Inc. points out, “Extending Microsoft’s Direct Push Technology to the PalmOS based line of Treo smartphones gives business customers a powerful new choice for wireless email, security and manageability” and “this combination delivers the benefits of business-class email without the cost of additional infrastructure required by other middleware-based solutions, ensuring a fast return on investment as well as a great end-user experience.”
In addition to providing a powerful email solution, the Exchange ActiveSync Update for Palm OS devices offers the following benefits:
- Adds Direct Push Technology – Direct Push Technology gives users connected to an Exchange Server fast, automatic wireless updates of email, calendar and contact information (Exchange Server 2003 with SP2 or Exchange Server 2007).
- Extends existing software and infrastructure – Wireless email using Direct Push Technology reduces the need for third-party software and infrastructure, thereby reducing cost, maintenance requirements and staffing needs. Companies now can use their existing infrastructures and servers to deliver Exchange Server information wirelessly simply by adding Treo smartphones.
- Offers security and central management – Security features for IT administrators include over-the-air password policy enforcement and remote wipe for lost or stolen devices. Users also have the benefit of accessing their company’s Global Address List (GAL) over-the-air, providing them with quick access to colleagues’ contact information.
- Installs easily – The update can be downloaded over-the-air for Treo 700p and Treo 680 customers, making it very easy for IT to deploy.
Additionally, Jeff Ressler, director of product management for Microsoft Exchange Server also adds that “Mobile users are increasingly demanding fast, automatic updates to email, calendar, and contacts. IT departments struggle to offer this productivity-enhancing capability to an ever-increasing number of workers in a cost-effective and secure manner. The addition of Direct Push Technology will help Palm’s customers meet these growing user needs securely and cost-effectively by leveraging their existing, highly scalable Exchange Server infrastructure.”
Finally, because Palm’s Windows Mobile based Treo products – the Treo 700w, Treo 700wx, and the recently announced Treo 750 – also offer the benefits noted above businesses that run a mixture of Windows Mobile and Palm OS Treo smartphones can now deliver the same Direct Push Technology experience to all their users around the world.
I personally don’t (yet) use either an Exchange server or even an IMAP email account because I prefer to download my emails manually whenever I need to. Having said this, I have for months now considered using an Exchange server and this latest EAS update from Palm and Microsoft may just prove to be the one to make me switch. I’m naturally curious to hear more about how you use email on your Treo:
Treonauts always have the most email choices…