Migrating to Exchange 2010, an opportunity to dump BlackBerry

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Here’s an interesting article about a company, Global Crossing, who is migrating from Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2010 and using this as an opportunity to switch their mobile fleet from Blackberry to Windows Mobile 6.5 phones:

“RIM requires that you pay for a license for the BlackBerry servers,” says Steven Schafer, Director of Network Services at Global Crossing. “You pay a license for every BlackBerry user that you have connected, and then you also pay for support and maintenance for the servers and users.”

But Is WinMo 6.5 Good Enough?

Despite the cost savings Global Crossing could reap by ditching BlackBerry servers and licenses, Windows Mobile 6.5 has faced some harsh criticism since it launched a month ago. It was mostly panned by critics and, based on recent studies, it has fallen way behind in the smartphone race.

Most of the gripes about Windows Mobile 6.5 are that it is a stopgap before the arrival of Windows Mobile 7, with underwhelming interface and touchscreen features. But even though WinMo 6.5 is not being hailed as a great mobile OS for consumers, critics admit that it’s a solid enterprise mobile OS given how well it integrates with Exchange.

Schafer is counting on such a smooth integration with Exchange 2010 and Office Communications Server. It’s what sets WinMo 6.5 apart, despite its lackluster reviews, he says, adding that he expects more enhancements with the arrival of Windows Mobile 7 in the second half of next year.

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Source: SFGate via wmpoweruser