Microsoft has released version 4.5 of ActiveSync, their synchronization software for facilitating communication between a Windows Mobile device and a PC running Windows XP. Microsoft says the update includes the following changes:
Feature: A device can stay connected to cellular and wireless networks while also connected to PC. Benefit: Enables the device to receive incoming VoIP calls and MMS messages when it is connected to a PC.
Feature: Integrated Information Rights Management (IRM) activation is available from the PC. Benefit: Provides access to IRM-protected content on the device.
Feature: You can enroll for device certificates from the PC. Benefit: Enables Exchange Sync with servers requiring certificate based authentication.
Feature: Support is provided for HTML formatted e-mail. Benefit: Adds the ability to configure HTML e-mail sync settings and sync HTML formatted e-mail from Outlook and Microsoft Exchange.
Feature: Microsoft Windows Installer technology provides a seamless installation process. Benefit: Improves the setup experience.
Feature: The application has been visually updated. Benefit: Modern graphics complement the visual style of the mobile device. Feature: An integrated troubleshooter utility is included. Benefit: The utility scans your PC and device to identify problems that can affect the use of your device with the PC. Feature: You can log on to Microsoft Exchange using just a user name and password. Benefit: E-mail IDs are supported in the username field for hosted users, which makes it easier to log in. Feature: Overall stability has been improved. Benefit: Enhances the reliability of connecting devices and syncing. Feature: Improvements to PIN lock have also improved the interaction between the PC and the device. Benefit: Provides a better and more secure experience. Feature: USB support has been improved. Benefit: ActiveSync 4.5 provides the fastest USB transport between your PC and your mobile device to date.
Feature: The user interface and new partnership wizard have both been enhanced. Benefit: Easier to locate key features, access the most important configuration settings, and configure the device upon first synchronization.
Feature: More robust synchronization with Outlook is provided. Benefit: Synchronization with Outlook is now more reliable.
The update is apparently not compatible with, or required for, Windows Vista. For more information or to download the free update, visit Microsoft's web site.