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This is nice to know, even if you aren't going to buy it straight away because of all the potential issues? there has been a lot of reporte issues surrounding battery life (not unlike some of the issues with the iPods?) and I'm sure it's not goiing to be an easy start for the iPhone - but at least it would mean that you aren't disconnected if you decided to buy one of these?

With the amount of convergence currently in the electonic consumer market it would be unwise to place people in a position where to buy and use one of these devices you would have to give up certain functionality?

June 26th, 2007

The iPhone will be compatible with Microsoft Exchange, after all

Posted by Mary Jo Foley @ 10:39 am Categories: Corporate strategy, Exchange Server, Windows Mobile, Apple Tags: Apple iPhone, Microsoft Exchange Server, Server, Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp., Apple, Mary Jo Foley

Apple’s iPhone is going to be compatible with Microsoft Exchange Server, after all.

Earlier this month, a number of articles and analyst reports claimed that Apple’s iPhone would not be compatible with Exchange Server, Research in Motion’s Blackberry servers and Motorola’s Good Technology e-mail servers.

While I can’t speak to Apple’s plans regarding Blackberry and Good, my sources are saying Apple can and will make the iPhone compatible with Exchange Server.

Here’s what I’m hearing: Apple will announce this week — possibly as soon as June 27 — that it has licensed the Exchange ActiveSync licensing protocol. Via the licensing arrangement, Apple iPhone users will be able to connect to Exchange Server and make use of its wireless messaging and synchronization capabilities.

I’ve asked both Microsoft and Apple for comments on this supposedly imminent announcement. No word from Apple so far. Microsoft’s statement, via a corporate spokeswoman:

“We can’t comment on (these) rumors. In general, Microsoft is always in discussions with other companies about licensing its intellectual property.”

If Apple has, indeed, licensed ActiveSync, I wonder whether Exchange compatibility will be available immediately when the iPhones go on sale on June 29, or if it will be a follow-on feature, available some number of months after the iPhones start shipping.

Microsoft currently makes the ActiveSync protocol available to interested parties via a pre-established licensing agreement. From Microsoft’s Web site:

“Microsoft offers a commercially reasonable, nonexclusive license so that other companies can use the Exchange ActiveSync Protocol in their own products. Microsoft will license its trade secrets and necessary patent claims for implementation of the protocol specification.

“Microsoft offers a license for this mobile device synchronization protocol for Exchange Server 2003 and 2007 with documentation. The Exchange ActiveSync Protocol license is for a five-year term and based on annual projected sales volumes. Standard pricing is $100K or first-year’s royalties, whichever is higher, with a per unit royalty thereafter. Other pricing options are negotiable when appropriate.

“In some cases, companies may want to negotiate broader or narrower rights than the standard Microsoft license for the Exchange ActiveSync Protocol. In this case, pricing may vary. Microsoft remains flexible to adjust terms to reflect cross-licensing, unit volume, version limitation, geographic scope, and other considerations.”

A number of phone vendors, including Nokia, Palm, Motorola and Sony Ericsson, already offer devices that sync with Exchange using ActiveSync.

While he said he had not heard that Apple was going to make the iPhone compatible with Exchange, Directions on Microsoft analyst Matt Rosoff said such a move would make sense. Rosoff said he could envision a scenario where “Apple and Microsoft would sign a deal to incorporate ActiveSync into the iPhone, just as Nokia, Motorola, and PalmOne are doing.”

“So this wouldn’t be anything new from Microsoft’s perspective, just a deal with a new telephone handset maker–Apple,” Rosoff said. “It’s in Microsoft’s interest for Exchange to be suppored as widely as possible, even on what will probably be a consumer-oriented product.”


Are there any wanna-be iPhone customers out there for whom Exchange Server compatibility would make the iPhone more interesting and compelling? Or does Apple’s support (or lack of it) for Exchange Server have little to no impact on your iPhone purchasing plans?

Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2007 11:18 AM Exchange and Push Email , Real Cool Stuff | Back to top

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