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Microsoft tools aid mobile mail

Daniel Thomas
Microsoft is to make it easier to access corporate e-mail from mobile devices and simplify migration to Exchange from competing messaging systems with new tools announced this week.

At the annual Microsoft Exchange Conference in Orlando, the software giant outlined details of the next version of Mobile Information Server (MIS), which is designed to provide users with "over the air" server synchronisation from their mobile devices to their company's Exchange server.

Paul Flessner, senior vice-president of Microsoft's .net Enterprise Server Division, said MIS 2002 Enterprise Edition would include enhanced security, additional phone support, new administration tools and new language support.

To support its push into the mobile arena, Microsoft has formed an alliance with wireless infrastructure provider MobileSys. The aim is to provide mobile workers with secure wireless access to corporate information via MIS 2002 and the MobileSys global data network.

Microsoft also unveiled the Exchange 2000 Competitive Migration Kit, which is aimed at encouraging businesses to switch from competing systems, such as Lotus Notes.

The kit, designed to complement the connectors and utilities in Exchange 2000, includes webcasts, white papers and other technical material needed by messaging professionals to migrate their systems to Exchange.

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