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Wireless access for MSExchange Server

Microsoft has drawn back the veil on its wireless access strategy and announced wireless access software for Exchange Server and...

Microsoft has drawn back the veil on its wireless access strategy and announced wireless access software for Exchange Server and more details of its smart phone specification.

Eric Doyle.

Wireless Knowledge, a company jointly owned by Microsoft and wireless communications specialist Qualcomm, has released Workstyle Server 3.0 to allow mobile phones and PDAs to access Exchange Server 5.5.

Eric Schultz, chairman and CEO of Wireless Knowledge, said, "The message that this alliance delivers to the market is clear: mobile access to business information is safe, secure and available now."

The new software opens up real-time, remote access to Exchange's e-mail, appointments and contact information over any data-enabled wireless network, regardless of the markup language used.

Workstyle is classified as a "designated" technology, which means it will become a key technology within Exchange. To this end, Wireless Knowledge and Microsoft have announced they will be working together to integrate wireless connectivity into future releases.

UK prices have yet to be announced but in the US Workstyle Server costs $10 (£6.50) per person, on a monthly subscription basis.

The announcement ties in with Microsoft's Stinger smart phone, a specification for a wireless phone with PDA capabilities. Stinger will be based on the WindowsCE operating system for handheld devices and will handle Web pages in HTML or Wireless Markup Language.

The smart phones are expected to go on sale for the Christmas market and will be joined next year by more powerful models, which will add more-interactive features through links to Microsoft Outlook and Exchange Server.

This was first published in August 2000

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