Nokia to license ActiveSync

I have ranted about Nokia’s syncing shortcomings before, so when I read this, I was very very excited. Unfortunately, the article doesn’t hold what the headline suggests:

“The collaboration between the two companies will allow Nokia to build a direct over-the-air synchronization link between Nokia enterprise mobile devices running on Nokia’s Series 60 and Series 80 software platforms and Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 for email and other personal information management (PIM) data, such as calendar information and contacts. By integrating the Exchange Server ActiveSync protocol into Nokia devices, enterprise customers are provided with an easy-to-use, secure, wireless email solution that is cost-effective and can be deployed quickly and easily. Nokia will continue to support the OMA Data Synchronization protocol and its own Nokia PC Suite, a local connectivity solution that utilizes OMA Data Synchronization for PCs and Nokia mobile devices.”

So, it’ll bet OTA ActiveSync for the high end stuff, and the multitude of users will be left standing in the rain with shitty PC Suite? Pardon my french, but that sucks.

As I understand this, only the Exchange Server protocol will be supported, not the “local” ActiveSync with Outlook. Please correct me if I’m wrong…

Of course, this would have been too good to be true.

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