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:

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Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for Mobile is ready

Adobe has issued a press release today announcing that they have finally made the final version of Flash Player 10.1 Mobile available to its partners. Flash Player 10.1 will be available to Android handset including the Dell Streak, Google Nexus One, HTC EVO 4G, HTC Desire, HTC Incredible, DROID by Motorola, Motorola Milestone, Samsung Galaxy S once they are upgraded to Android 2.2 / Foryo. Flash Player 10.1 was also released to mobile platform partners to be supported on devices based on BlackBerry, webOS, future versions of Windows  Phone, LiMo, MeeGo and Symbian OS but no availability date was announced. To be perfectly clear here: Only Android 2.2 handset will have it in the coming days and only Windows Phone 7 is planned to received the 10.1 player (Adobe dumped the Windows Mobile 6.5 development back in February). Read the full press release after the break:
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HP: WebOS smartphones…maybe


Woops, looks like yesterday’s CEO speech didn’t really please the PR team at HP so they issued a damage control statement about the future of WebOS on smartphones:

When we look at the market, we see an array of interconnected devices, including tablets, printers, and of course, smartphones. We believe webOS can become the backbone for many of HP’s small form factor devices, and we expect to expand webOS’s footprint beyond just the smartphone market, all while leveraging our financial strength, scale, and global reach to grow in smartphones.

Well, this is rather vague in my opinion. Especially when you compare to the Mark Hurd’s statement :

We didn’t buy Palm to be in the smartphone business. And I tell people that, but it doesn’t seem to resonate well. We bought it for the IP. The WebOS is one of the two ground-up pieces of software that is built as a web operating environment…We have tens of millions of HP small form factor web-connected devices…Now imagine that being a web-connected environment where now you can get a common look and feel and a common set of services laid against that environment. That is a very value proposition.

Anyway, both statements should probabyl be forgotten for the time being (HP hasn’t bought Palm yet btw). We will know the really deal soon enough (Windows Phone 7 handsets will start to be announced this summer).

HP: No WebOS Smartphones in the works


This was kinda un-expected especially coming from big corporation like HP who is about to pay $1.2Billion to acquire a smartphone company. According to CEO Mark Hurd who spoke at the  Bank of America Merrill Lynch technology conference yesterday, the The Palm acquisition had nothing to do with being in the smartphone business.

We didn’t buy Palm to be in the smartphone business. And I tell people that, but it doesn’t seem to resonate well. We bought it for the IP. The WebOS is one of the two ground-up pieces of software that is built as a web operating environment…We have tens of millions of HP small form factor web-connected devices…Now imagine that being a web-connected environment where now you can get a common look and feel and a common set of services laid against that environment. That is a very value proposition.

Bad news for all the WebOS fans I guess. But this may sound like music to Microsoft’s ears. HP is/was a Windows Phone 7 launch partner but everything was sort of put on hold after the Palm acquisition announcement. Nothing is really known yet but I guess that we will know soon enough if HP is still riding the Windows Phone 7 train.

Source: ZDNet

HP reevaluating Windows Phone 7 after Palm acquisition


This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody given yesterday’s news; in an interview with CNN, HP‘s strategy chief Shane Robison said that he’s still unsure if the company still has plans to ship / build Windows Phone 7 products:

What does this say about any plans that you may or may not have to use Windows Phone 7? Will webOS be your exclusive mobile platform, or will you also use Microsoft. At one point, Palm was using both its own OS and Microsoft’s.

We’re going to have to sort through all that over the coming months. We’re very, very serious partners with Microsoft. We hope to continue to be their biggest customer. And in this particular space, which is a small segment for us, we’ve got to work with them to figure out exactly what the roadmap looks like.

Frankly now that have WebOS (once the deal is done obviously), I don’t see any reason for them to have Windows Phone 7 products.

Source: CNN

Adobe confirms Flash for Windows Phone 7


It a recent blog disucssing the company’s officially abondon of Apple’s iPhone OS, Adobe’s Principal Product Manager Mike Chambers slipped whar may be one of the first official confirms by Adobe that Flash (and AIR?) is coming to Windows Phone 7 (previously on Microsoft commented on this subject):

I am excited about Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR 2.0 and all of the opportunities that they will make available to Flash developers across multiple platforms (desktop, Android, Palm, Windows Phone 7, RIM, etc…).

This also confirms that the developement of Flash 10.1 for Windows Mobile 6.X was indeed halted two months ago. From the looks of it, Adobe is going to try ride on the relative success and buzz of the Android platform and heavely invest in it. I don’t expect to see Flash on WP7 before H1 2011.

Fortunately, the iPhone isn’t the only game in town. Android based phones have been doing well behind the success of the Motorola Droid and Nexus One, and there are a number of Android based tablets slated to be released this year. We are working closely with Google to bring both Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR 2.0 to these devices, and thus far, the results have been very promising.

Source: Adobe Mike Chambers

Flash coming to BlackBerry, Android and WebOS in H2 2010


Adobe’s CEO Shantanu Narayen has recently announced during a television interview with Fox Business that Flash 10.1 will finally be available on Android, BlackBerry and WebOS handsets in the second half of this year (H2 2010). Regarding Android everybody should also be made aware that only CortexA8 based handsets (TI OMAP 3x and SnapDragon etc..) will be able to run Flash 10.1. It also seems like Adobe has indeed decided to scrap the Windows Mobile 6.x plugin as it was state back in February (they are curently working on flash for Windows Phone 7 instead). Developers can also sign-up now to be notified of the release of Flash 10.1 and AIR for Android (they’ve entered private-beta).

Source: Fox Business & Adobe via engadget

New WebOS update for Pre is out. Support for iTunes sync is back.

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Well, it looks like Palm is fighting Apple back. The new WebOS update brings back support for iTunes sync in the current version (8.2.1) among other enhancements.

“Pre” and “business” just got a lot friendlier! Today we released Palm webOS 1.1, which brings several additions to our support for Exchange ActiveSync (EAS), including remote wipe, PIN/password requirements, inactivity timeout, improved certificate handling, and more. You can find more details about how Palm webOS fits into your business environment here.

In addition to these treats for business users, Version 1.1 also includes a few other goodies for everyone — like support for emoticons in the messaging app, and the ability to set “person reminders” in the contacts app (next time you get a message or phone call from that person, a message pops up showing you a reminder to ask them about their vacation in Maui — cool, huh?). Oh, and one more thing: Palm webOS 1.1 re-enables Palm media sync. That’s right — you once again can have seamless access to your music, photos and videos from the current version of iTunes (8.2.1).

More info can be found on the Palm Blog