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Windows Mobile 6 with Exchange 2007: A beautiful combination


Even though I love to play with beta software in a lab and I've even been known to (gasp!) install Microsoft software before SP1, I don't generally play with fire when it comes to running unsupported ROMs on my Treo 700. However, after hearing about some of the new things coming in Windows Mobile 6 and stumbling across a ROM that works for my phone, I decided to stop waiting for AT&T to provide a new ROM and upgrade my Treo to Windows Mobile 6. I'm glad I did!

Since we're running Exchange 2007 at the office, all of Windows Mobile 6's mail goodies are available and are true time savers. If you're working on justification to move to Exchange 2007, consider some of the benefits realized when used in conjunction with Windows Mobile 6.

Here are the big ones for me.

  • Mailbox search: Probably the most useful feature, you can initiate a server-based search of your entire mailbox and have the results sent down to your mobile device. If you keep only a few days of messages on your handheld, this can be very handy.
  • HTML-formatted message display: No more HTML code junk in an otherwise perfectly good message. Now I can see the whole message.
  • Message flag support: I use message flags all the time to keep track of items I need to follow up on. With WM6 on my Treo 750 and Exchange 2007 back in the office, this feature is now supported from my handheld.
  • Out of office message management: From your mobile device, you can set your Out of Office message.

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Since 1994, Scott Lowe has been providing technology solutions to a variety of organizations. After spending 10 years in multiple CIO roles, Scott is now an independent consultant, blogger, author, owner of The 1610 Group, and a Senior IT Executive w...

4 comments
hsmithdp
hsmithdp

Maybe I am not seeing the complete areticle but I only see 4 of the 6 listed in the article.

johnmckay
johnmckay

I'm a Blackberry Perle devotee and looking to utilise a spare 8300 with sat nav built in. I was looking at the treo & tomtom software as I can't be bothered with multiple devices when one will do. How does Blackberry RIM compare to windows mobile? The Good and the Bad would be useful especially as I love the perle. Assume my exchange team get round to supporting both platforms! If you were trying to sell me one, what would be key/killer benefits?

isa
isa

I don't know of any items in your list that won't work with Exchange 2003?!

Scott Lowe
Scott Lowe

It's possible that these items will work under Exchange 2003, but as my back end is now Exchange 2007 at the office, I couldn't test this.