At the 3GSM World Congress, Microsoft announcedthat several new Windows Mobile 5 (WM5) devices would ship with the Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP) installed. The MSFP allows push email from a Microsoft Exchange 2003 server to a Windows Mobile 5 device.
Microsoft's mobile email solution has some advantages over BlackBerry and other push email solutions:
- There is no need for an additional server to push email to devices.
- There is no requirement to purchase Client Access Licenses (CALs) for each device.
- Since it's a single vendor solution -- including the Exchange infrastructure itself -- product support should be more consistent (there's "one throat to choke" when something goes wrong).
[Via Ferris Research Weblog]