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Mobile options for the Windows 2003 platform

My company is currently running Windows 2000 Advanced Server. We're planning to upgrade to Windows Server 2003. I know Windows 2003 servers offer Outlook Mobile Access features -- which we're planning to implement. Do you think this is feasible, or do you have any suggestions on any other mobility applications?

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Outlook Mobile Access or OMA is the Microsoft option to BlackBerry devices. In addition to OMA, there is another phrase heard most often when describing Microsoft provided mobile technology: Pocket Outlook, Exchange Server ActiveSync. ActiveSync is a free download from the Microsoft Web site

Now let's compare the Windows Mobile Products:

  • Pocket PC: Data-centric device- touch screen and stylus, integrated qwerty, applications platform

  • Smart phone: Phone-centric device -- one-handed navigation, keypad, applications platform

The synchronization methods of the Microsoft mobile solutions are: manual, always-up-to-date (AUTD), mobile schedule or desktop synchronization only.

BlackBerry is a brand name, the same way people say Xerox for copies and Kleenex for facial tissue. Many times, people ask for a BlackBerry because of what it means. Do I believe Microsoft has feasible mobile products -- of course. Look into the various options to deploy a mobile solution, and I believe you will find solution and supportable options through the Windows Mobile platform.

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Related information from

  • Tip: Exchange Admin 101: Configuring OMA and ActiveSync
  • Reference Center: Mobile and wireless

  • This was first published in September 2005

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