Windows Phone 7 Exchange ActiveSync client features support compared to all other mobile platforms

Microsoft MVP Henrik Walther has produced a fairly extensive table comparing the Current Exchange Active Sync features supported in Windows Phone 7 compared to all the other major mobile platforms. Namely: Android 2.2, Apple iPhone and iPad iOS 4, Nokia’s MFE, Palm WebOS and a few others. As of today Windows Phone 7′s Exchange ActiveSync client supports fewer features than Apple iOS 4 and is still far behind Windows Mobile 6.1 and 6.5. Microsoft has already stated that the initial version of the OS was principally aimed at the consumer market and that future updates should bring more enterprise oriented features to the table. Check out the whole table after the break:

Company Microsoft Apple Nokia Google Nitrodesk Notify
Corp
Palm MailSite Software
Product WM WM WP iOS MFE Android

Touch
Down

Notify
Sync
Web
OS
AstraSync
Version 6.1 6.5 7.0 4.2 3.0.50 2.2 6.2 4.7 1.4.5 4.2
Exchange ActiveSync 2.5 – Exchange Server 2003 SP2
Features:
Direct Push Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Email sync Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Calendar sync Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes9 Yes
Contacts sync Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tasks Sync Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
Remote wipe Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes11 Yes Yes Yes4 Yes Yes
Sync multiple folders Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
GAL lookup Yes Yes Yes Yes2 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes8 Yes
SSL encrypted transmission Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Exchange ActiveSync 12.0 – Exchange Server 2007
Features:
User started remote wipe (server side) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes11 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Link Access Yes Yes No No No No Yes No No No
HTML email Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Server Search Yes Yes No Yes No No Yes No No No
Set Out of Facility/Office (OOF) Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes No No No
Follow-up flags Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes15 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Meeting attendee information Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes
PIN reset Yes Yes No No No No Yes No No No
AutoDiscover Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Bandwidth reduction Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
Policies:
Allow attachment download (client side) Yes Yes No No No17 No   No No No
Maximum attachment size Yes Yes No No Yes No   No No No
Enable password recovery Yes Yes No No No No Yes No No No
Allow simple password Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes
Password expiration (days) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes
Enforce password history Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes
Encrypt storage card Yes Yes No N/A No No Yes18 No No No
Exchange ActiveSync 12.1 – Exchange Server 2007 SP1
Features:
Cancel remote wipe (server side) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A   N/A N/A N/A
Remote wipe confirmation N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A   N/A N/A N/A
Default mobile policy (server side) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A   N/A N/A N/A
Bandwidth reductions (compressed/ removed  headers) Yes Yes No Yes Yes No   Yes No No
S/MIME13 Yes Yes No No No No   Yes5 No Yes
Policies:
Disable desktop ActiveSync Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A N/A   N/A N/A N/A
Disable removable storage Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A No   No N/A No
Disable camera Yes Yes No Yes No No   No No No
Disable SMS text messaging Yes Yes No No No No   No No No
Disable Wi-Fi Yes Yes No No No No   No No No
Disable Bluetooth Yes Yes No No No No   No No No
Disable IrDA Yes Yes Yes N/A No No   No N/A No
Allow internet sharing from device Yes Yes No No No No   No No No
Allow desktop sharing from device Yes Yes No No No No   No No No
Disable POP3/IMAP4 email Yes Yes No No No No   No No No
Allow consumer email Yes Yes No No No No   No No No
Allow browser Yes Yes No Yes No No   No No No
Allow unsigned applications Yes Yes No N/A N/A N/A   N/A N/A N/A
Allow unsigned CABs Yes Yes No N/A N/A N/A   N/A N/A N/A
Application allow list Yes Yes No N/A N/A N/A   N/A N/A N/A
Application block list Yes Yes No N/A N/A N/A   N/A N/A N/A
Require signed S/MIME messages Yes Yes No No No No   No No No
Require encrypted S/MIME messages Yes Yes No No No No   No No No
Require signed S/MIME algorithm Yes Yes No No No No   No No No
Require encrypted S/MIME algorithm Yes Yes No No No No   No No No
Allow S/MIME encrypted algorithm negotiation Yes Yes No No No No   No No No
Allow S/MIME SoftCerts Yes Yes No No No No   No No No
Device encryption Yes Yes No Yes16 No No   Yes6 No Yes6
Minimum number of complex characters Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No   No No Yes
Configure message formats (HTML or plain text) Yes Yes No No No No   No7 No Yes
Include past email items (Days) Yes Yes No Yes Yes No   No7 No Yes
Email body truncation size (KB) Yes Yes No No Yes No   No No Yes
HTML email body truncation size (KB) Yes Yes No No Yes No   No No Yes
Include past calendar items (Days) Yes Yes No No Yes No   No No Yes
Require manual sync while roaming Yes Yes No Yes Yes No   No No Yes
Exchange ActiveSync 14.0 – Exchange Server 2010
Features:
Conversation View Yes1 Yes No No12 No No   No No No
Move always Yes1 Yes No No No No   No No No
Reply state Yes1 Yes Yes Yes No No   No No No
UM card (client side only) Yes1 Yes No No No No   No No No
Free/Busy lookup Yes1 Yes No No No No   No No No
Nickname cache Yes1 Yes Yes No No No   No No No
SMS sync Yes1 Yes1 No No No No   No No No
Downloadable client Yes1 Yes Yes No Yes No   Yes3 No Yes3
Notes sync No No No No No No   No No No
Policies:
Allow mobile OTA update Yes1 Yes Yes N/A N/A N/A   N/A N/A N/A
Mobile OTA update mode Yes1 Yes Yes N/A N/A N/A   N/A N/A N/A
Exchange ActiveSync 14.1 – Exchange Server 2010 SP1
Features:
Conversation segments Yes1 Yes1 No No No No   No No No
GAL photo Yes1 Yes1 Yes No No No   No No No
IRM support Yes1 Yes1 No No No No   No No No
Block/Allow/Quarantine List (device info) Yes Yes No No10 No10 No10   No10 No10 No10
Allow attachment download (server side) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A   N/A N/A N/A
Policies:
Allow IRM over EAS Yes1 Yes1 No No No No   No No No

via Microsoft Technet

  • Zeusdach

    In the lead off you say that “Windows Phone 7?s Exchange ActiveSync client supports fewer features than Apple iOS 4″ but I don’t see that supported in the table. iOS has a handful of minor Yes’s that Win7 doesn’t have. Did I misunderstand or am I reading the table wrong? Which major features does Win7 not have that iOS does?

  • BURN

    Any chance of updating this table?