Microsoft and Cingular Wireless jointly announced recently that they will be bringing “push” email services and security updates to enterprise customers using Windows Mobile 5.0 devices on Cingular’s network. Microsoft’s Direct Push Email technology will be available to Cingular customers through a Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP) upgrade, starting June 19. Used in conjunction with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, the MSFP upgrade will also feature improved device management and added security features for IT administrators, like over-the-air device password policy enforcement and remote wipe of the device in case of loss or theft.
All existing customers can download the upgrade for free from the Cingular website. Here’s a basic feature breakdown of the upgrade:
â€¢ Direct Push Technology â€“ This innovation pushes e-mail to Windows Mobile-powered Cingular devices automatically. It is designed to deliver time sensitive e-mail as it arrives and helps ensure that device battery life is not drained by unnecessary synchronization cycles.
â€¢ Task Synchronization â€“ Outlook tasks are automatically pushed to the device, along with e-mail, calendar entries and contacts.
â€¢ Global Address Lookup â€“ Over-the-air look-up of addresses enables a mobile user to send email to anyone in the companyâ€™s Global Address List, even if they do not have the recipientâ€™s contact details on their device.