Windows Mobile ActiveSync

Exchange ActiveSync provides the following:

  • Support for HTML messages
  • Support for follow-up flags
  • Conversation grouping of email messages
  • Ability to synchronize or not synchronize an entire conversation
  • Synchronization of Short Message Service (SMS) messages with a user’s Exchange mailbox
  • Support for viewing message reply status
  • Support for fast message retrieval
  • Meeting attendee information
  • Enhanced Exchange Search
  • PIN reset
  • Enhanced device security through password policies
  • Autodiscover for over-the-air provisioning
  • Support for setting automatic replies when users are away, on vacation, or out of the office
  • Support for task synchronization
  • Direct Push
  • Support for availability information for contacts
By default, Exchange ActiveSync is enabled. All users who have an Exchange mailbox can synchronize their mobile device with the Microsoft Exchange server.

You can perform the following Exchange ActiveSync tasks:

  • Enable and disable Exchange ActiveSync for users
  • Set policies such as minimum password length, device locking, and maximum failed password attempts
  • Initiate a remote wipe to clear all data from a lost or stolen mobile phone
  • Run a variety of reports for viewing or exporting into a variety of formats
  • Control which types of mobile devices can synchronize with your organization through device access rules
You can control which mobile devices can synchronize. You do this by monitoring new mobile devices as they connect to your organization or by setting up rules that determine which types of mobile devices are allowed to connect. Regardless of the method you choose to specify which mobile devices can synchronize, you can approve or deny access for any specific mobile device for a specific user at any time
In addition to the ability to configure security options for communications between the Exchange server and your mobile devices, Exchange ActiveSync offers the following features to enhance the security of mobile devices:
  • Remote wipe   If a mobile device is lost, stolen, or otherwise compromised, you can issue a remote wipe command from the Exchange Server computer or from any Web browser by using Outlook Web App. This command erases all data from the mobile device.
  • Device password policies   Exchange ActiveSync lets you configure several options for device passwords.