Microsoft executives have said that Exchange Server 2003 SP2, when coupled with the Windows Mobile 5.0 Messaging and Security Feature Pack, will provide a push e-mail solution that will trump the one delivered by Research In Motion (RIM) for its Blackberry devices.
Microsoft is calling this push e-mail support “Direct Push.” Microsoft is playing up Direct Push as an alternative to short-message service (SMS) technology for automatical e-mail detection and retrieval. “SP2 will use an HTTP connection, maintained by the device, to push new e-mail, calendar, contact, and task notifications to the device,” according to the Microsoft Web site. Direct Push also will work over Wi-Fi networks, Microsoft officials have said, and will make use of additional data compression to speed up message sending, retrieval and synchronization.
Microsoft officials have said to expect the final versions of Exchange Server SP2 and the Mobile 5.0 Feature Pack are due to ship before the end of calendar 2005, according to the most recent information made public by Microsoft.
More details on the positioning are available in this presentation by Peter Knook, Microsoft Senior Vice President of Mobile and Embedded Devices Division and Communications Sector at this year’s Financial Analyst meeting.