[CoMoDev] Re: Future Treos will sync with MS Exchange out-of-box

  • From: David Beers <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: David Beers <comodev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2004 14:05:42 -0600

An update on this:

PalmOne released the Treo 650 today and it turns out that they *did* succeed in 
implementing the built-in Exchange Server ActiveSync feature mentioned in the 
article below.  While consumers will like a lot of small touches that make the 
650 better than the 600 (bigger battery, hi-res screen, Bluetooth, etc.) it's 
going to be this less noticed feature that will make it a big hit in the 
corporate world.  Watch out Intellisync!  Middleware no longer needed for PIM 
sync with Exchange Server on this Palm OS device!

On the other hand, if you're like me you probably aren't too excited because 
you'd rather avoid the perpetual security issues with Outlook and are quite 
happy with POP3 email.  If that's the case, the other good news is that 
PocoSystems, makers of award-winning PocoMail and a highly-buzzed 
Outlook-killer called Barca, will be announcing a public beta for a Palm/Barca 
PIM sync solution before the week is out.  (See 
http://www.pocosystems.com/home/ .)  

PocoSystems has created what so many wish Palm had done with Palm Desktop: 
designed a powerful, clean PIM and email application on a par with--and in many 
respects superior to--MS Outlook.  Here's a rave review of Barca 1.0: 
http://www.pcmag.com/review/0%2C2491%2Cs%3D25406&a%3D133917%2C00.asp  The new 
release will be 1.1 and if you've been thinking about bailing out of Outlook I 
encourage you to download the trial version when it's released. (Full 
disclosure: I'm the developer for the Barca-Palm conduits, which may color my 
enthusiasm a bit.  On that note, I'd better get back to work!)

David Beers
Pikesoft Mobile Computing

On Wed, 6 Oct 2004 15:49:59 -0600, David Beers wrote:
> PalmOne has announced that future Treo smartphones will sync with
> MS Exchanges Server straight out of the box, eliminating the need
> for 3rd party sync software to do this.
> http://www.mobilepipeline.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleId=49400681
> Since the 3rd party software packages for this run $100-200 a seat
> that's a pretty significant value-added.  I wonder if this will be
> in the soon-to-be-released Treo 650.  That would indeed be a nice
> surprise. The Tungsten T5 release this week
> (http://www.palmone.com/us/products/handhelds/tungsten-t5/) was
> pretty uninteresting considering it's been a year since we saw the
> T3 and the main "innovation" is just a whole lot of memory.  Ok,
> 256Mb of non-volatile internal memory that can be used like a
> removable drive on your PC is interesting...but no built-in WiFi,
> no Cobalt OS, and no more slider or voice recorder?  Palm is
> overdue for another big hit and it really needs to be the Treo 650.
> I'm guessing they really mean it when they say they're keeping
> their eye on the smart phone prize and paying less attention to the
> PDA market.
> David

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