Following Symbian’s announcement just last week that they will be licensing Microsoft’s ActiveSync, DataViz Inc. has just done the same. DataViz a provider of Office compatibility software intends to incorporate Microsoft’s ActiveSync into their RoadSync software. It will provide non-Microsoft smartphones and other mobile devices with direct, over-the-air, secure synchronization with corporate Outlook e-mail and personal information management data, such as calendar and contacts. Expect to even see more of these announcements in the next year or two when more companies try to position themselves to take some of RIM’s lucrative share of the push-email market.
Milford, Conn. — DataViz Inc., a leading provider of Office compatibility solutions for over 21 years, announced today that it has licensed the Microsoft Exchange Server ActiveSync protocol. DataViz intends to incorporate this technology into RoadSync, a mobile ActiveSync client available both commercially and to potential licensees. It will provide non-Microsoft smartphones and other mobile devices with direct, over-the-air, secure synchronization with corporate Outlook e-mail and personal information management data, such as calendar and contacts. By integrating the RoadSync client with ActiveSync, enterprise customers will have more choices in the types of mobile devices they deploy and will be better able to utilize their existing Exchange Server investment instead of relying on costly middleware solutions. The first editions of RoadSync to incorporate the ActiveSync protocol will be available in May 2005 for the Symbian OS based UIQ platform, Palm OS, and select Java MIDP 2.0 devices, such as the Sony Ericsson P900 series, palmOne Treo and Motorola RAZR respectively.
â€œOur goal is to enable our customers to achieve the next level of mobility in their â€˜Office lifeâ€™ by providing full access to their Outlook data, regardless of their chosen device or platform.â€ said Dick Fontana, president and CEO of DataViz, Inc. â€œWith RoadSync for Symbian UIQ, Palm OS and Java available in May, followed by phased implementations for BREW and Nokiaâ€™s Series 60 and Series 80 platforms throughout this year, we will enable many to easily take their â€˜Office lifeâ€™ wireless, sooner, rather than later.”
â€œDataVizâ€™ speed to market will allow more customers to take advantage of the benefits of Exchange Server ActiveSync using mobile devices and smartphones currently on the market today,â€ said Kim Akers, Senior Marketing Director of the Exchange product group at Microsoft. â€œThrough this licensing agreement, more companies of all sizes will be able to deploy direct wireless access to Exchange data, enhancing end-user productivity, while lowering IT costs.”
Announcements regarding the availability and pricing of RoadSync for Symbian UIQ, Palm OS, Java, BREW and Series 60 and Series 80 platforms, which are based on the Symbian OS, will be made throughout the remainder of 2005. For more information, visit http://www.dataviz.com/roadsyncinfo.
About DataViz, Inc.
DataViz is an industry leader in developing and marketing Office compatibility and productivity software across a variety of platforms including Palm OS, Pocket PC, Symbian OS, Java, 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 their #1 selling Documents To Go leading the way, DataViz is committed to arming todayâ€™s mobile workers with the ability to maintain instant access to crucial information. In addition, the company has developed strategic partnerships with palmOne, Microsoft, Sony, Apple and other industry leaders both domestically and abroad.