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Old 05-10-2005, 08:18 PM
Jason Dunn
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Default ActiveSync 4.0: No More WiFi Sync

One of the things that people are starting to discover as they read through some of the articles is that WiFi synchronization is no longer an option with ActiveSync 4.0. You can still WiFi sync against an Exchange server from the Pocket PC, but the ability to wirelessly synchronize with your local PC no longer exists. As a group, the Windows Mobile MVPs lobbied hard against the lack of this feature, but ultimately we made no progress. I won't presume to speak for Microsoft on exactly why this feature isn't there, but ActiveSync 4.0 no longer has the ability to accept any form of remote TCP/IP connections. So no WiFi, CAT5, VPN over LAN, GPRS, etc. It simply won't work. Myself, I see this as a serious problem and it will impact my use of the devices - but this may affect less people than I think it will, so it's survey time. Let me know what you think about this.
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Old 05-10-2005, 08:27 PM
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Wow, I haven't had a chance to read all about WM5 yet, but this is a HUGE negative in my mind. I never use a cradle when at home, all I ever use is WiFi to sync my device, it is so convenient. As usual in the PDA world, it seems as features are added, others are discarded.

I really, for the life of me, can't figure out why MS would elect to leave out this option. Is it considered a security risk for AS to allow this type of connection? I can't see how, since the device itself has to be synchronized via USB at least once to facilitate the WiFi connection - at least in earlier AS versions.

Bad move Microsoft---- :roll:
 
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Old 05-10-2005, 08:34 PM
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I felt the same way when I read that. I thought "I assume that is a reviewer mistake - it must be somewhere."

I use both cabled and wireless sync all the time. I can't imagine why they removed this...unless....it allows them to sell some other technology like mobile server.... hmmmm..
 
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Old 05-10-2005, 08:37 PM
WindWalker
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Frankly, this is absurd.

I am interested in knowing what the arguments AGAINST the capability were. I have found since moving to my laptop that it is wonderful to have one less cable to cart around with me. I was very strongly considering a WM5 phone the next time out. This doesn't stop me from considering it, but is a big negative in my book.
 
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Old 05-10-2005, 08:38 PM
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Looks like it's time for a developer to restore the feature!! Any takers?
 
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Old 05-10-2005, 08:40 PM
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Ya, this is also a huge negative in my opinion. I usually sync wirelessly by wifi once or twice a day while roaming the office. I am so used to establishing a partnership and then unpluging the cradle/cable for use at home. The sheer ease of wireless syncing is what I like, weren't we all for the wireless/no cables desktop?
 
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Old 05-10-2005, 08:41 PM
yslee
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Most disappointing. A really great feature taken away just like that. Hope it comes back one day.
 
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Old 05-10-2005, 08:41 PM
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Whoa....thats a shock. I use wifi sync all the time. Why would they remove such a usefull feature?
 
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Old 05-10-2005, 08:44 PM
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Some are saying it was removed for security reasons.
 
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Old 05-10-2005, 08:50 PM
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WOW! That's crazy. My assuption would be that they are forcing people to adopt syncing directly with an exchange server (Which you may still be able to do over WiFi)?

Thats still leaves out installing programs and such but if you can't recieve your email wirelessly(from and exchange server) on your PDA doesn't that take a lot away from the device?
 
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