Microsoft Answers Call From Businesses With Messaging and Security Feature Pack for Windows Mobile 5.0

New Features in Exchange Server 2003 With Service Pack 2 Deliver Complete

Mobile Messaging Solution, Draw Industry Support

Jun 06, 2005, 01:00 ET from Microsoft Corp.

    ORLANDO, Fla., June 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today at Microsoft(R)
 TechEd 2005, Microsoft Corp.'s largest annual technology education conference,
 Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft, announced the Messaging
 and Security Feature Pack for Windows Mobile(TM) 5.0, software based on
 wireless features coming in Exchange Server 2003 with Service Pack 2 (SP2) to
 address requests by business customers for a faster, more direct messaging
 experience, improved security management, and better cost efficiencies and
 scalability in their mobile messaging solutions. In addition to providing IT
 administrators with the ability to better manage and protect information on a
 device, the feature pack includes Direct Push Technology, which keeps the
 business user's Outlook(R) Mobile up to date by delivering information quickly
 and directly to a Windows Mobile-based device from Exchange Server, without
 requiring businesses to pay for additional and costly servers or middleware.
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     Enhancements to Outlook Mobile
     The Messaging and Security Feature Pack for Windows Mobile 5.0 will offer
 businesses the premier mobile messaging solution, going beyond plain text
 e-mail to provide a fast and familiar Outlook Mobile experience. End users
 will have access to a wide range of business information through the following
 new features:
     -- Windows Mobile Direct Push Technology. Outlook information, including
 e-mail, calendar, contacts and new support for Tasks, is pushed from a direct
 connection between Exchange Server and a Windows Mobile-based device,
 providing users with immediate access to Outlook information, without the need
 for an additional and costly server infrastructure required by other solutions
 on the market.
     -- Wireless support for contact information. Support for over-the-air
 lookup of global address list information stored on Exchange Server, a top
 request from partners, enables business users to access full contact details
 of co-workers on a Windows Mobile-based device. The feature is broadly
 integrated throughout the messaging, phone, calendar and contacts experience,
 providing users with a consistent, productive messaging experience.
     Direct Push Technology is even more compelling when integrated with the
 powerful Office Mobile suite in Windows Mobile 5.0, enabling users to do more
 than simple e-mail, such as send Word, Excel(R), PowerPoint(R), music and
 video attachments in messages with rich e-mail formatting and no size
     "Successfully addressing the mobility demands of today's business market
 requires a combination of powerful networks, breadth and choice of
 applications, and clear answers to business issues of security, return on
 investment and systems integration," said Vish Sowani, vice president,
 International Business Marketing at T-Mobile. "The Messaging and Security
 Feature Pack for Windows Mobile 5.0 complements T-Mobile's successful 'Office
 in your Pocket' suite of Microsoft-based solutions with a compelling messaging
 product that addresses these critical business needs while delivering mobile
 professionals much more than simple mobile e-mail. In alliance with Microsoft,
 we have an opportunity to strengthen our business customer portfolio and
 deliver another very powerful mobile business solution."
     Better Management and Protection of Device Information
     While increasing productivity for end users, the Messaging and Security
 Feature Pack will also improve efficiencies for IT organizations by
 streamlining management of device security policies through functionality
 offered in Exchange Server 2003 SP2. Building on existing capabilities in
 Exchange Server 2003, IT professionals can manage Windows Mobile-based devices
 the same way they manage PCs and servers through new features that support the
     -- Remotely enforced IT policy. Via the Exchange Server 2003 console, IT
 administrators can remotely manage and enforce select corporate IT policy over
 the air. For example, IT administrators can mandate a personal identification
 number password to be set for every device and set recommended and mandatory
 policies, as well as set exception lists for users to be exempt from these
     -- Local and remote device wipe. The ability to remove all information,
 over the air, and reset a device to its original state enables IT
 administrators to better manage sensitive information on a misplaced Windows
 Mobile-based device. In addition, the administrator can choose to have the
 local memory on a device erased if the correct password is not entered after a
 designated number of attempts.
     -- Certificate-based authentication. Native support for new
 certificate-based authentication, a leading security request from partners,
 utilizes industry security standards to enable users to gain access to their
 corporate network, without using a separate password, and eliminates the need
 to store corporate login credentials on the device.
     Exchange Server 2003 customers, such as Lifetime Products, are already
 planning to take advantage of the advanced functionality provided by the
 combination of Exchange Server 2003 with SP2 and the Windows Mobile platform.
     "Providing a mobile computing solution that is cost-effective for our IT
 department and helps our employees stay connected with each other and their
 customers, across multiple time zones, is a top priority of Lifetime
 Products," said John Bowden, CIO of Lifetime Products. "Already we have
 experienced an over 40 percent increase in employee productivity due to the
 combination of Windows Mobile and Exchange Server 2003 and hope to further
 those benefits with the Messaging and Security Feature Pack for Windows Mobile
 5.0 and Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2."
     Feature Pack Enables Deployment of More Scalable, Cost-Effective Mobile
 Messaging Solutions
     Beyond device management and security, price and scalability are key
 concerns for businesses as they consider mobile device deployments. The
 Messaging and Security Feature Pack will provide a scalable and easy-to-manage
 mobile messaging solution that gives users a broad choice of device designs
 and eliminates the need for business to outsource their mobile messaging to
 third parties and purchase additional middleware software or costly servers.
 These benefits are realized through the following capabilities:
     -- Ability to utilize existing Exchange 2003 investments. Direct
 integration between Exchange Server and Windows Mobile provides businesses
 with an infrastructure that can easily be expanded to include mobile
 capabilities and scale as the organization grows, while eliminating the need
 for business customers to add another server or pay additional client access
 license fees and an ongoing data service fee to third parties.
     -- Outlook Mobile data compression. Outlook data sent between Exchange
 Server and a Windows Mobile-based device is significantly compressed, enabling
 faster transfer and synchronization of data, while providing operators with
 more room on their networks for additional revenue-generating services. In
 fact, initial tests conducted by Microsoft have shown network bandwidth
 savings ranging between 35 percent and 50 percent.
     -- Broad device choice. The consistent Windows Mobile platform enables
 businesses to provide their employees with a range of unique devices from over
 40 hardware partners, while giving the IT department a single software and
 server platform to manage.
     "Through the work from our long-standing relationship with Microsoft, we
 are setting the bar for what business professionals can do with their mobile
 devices -- reflected by our very successful HP iPAQ handhelds based on the
 Windows Mobile platform," said Rick Roesler, vice president, handhelds
 division at HP. "The Messaging and Security Feature Pack for Windows Mobile
 5.0 will be an important extension, enabling business customers to enjoy
 secure messaging, greater flexibility, and an even richer mobile experience."
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