Symbian is licensing an ActiveSync plug-in from Microsoft that will enable users of its mobile operating system to get corporate e-mail from Exchange 2003 over the air.
Blackberry and Windows Mobile wireless devices already support connectivity to Exchange servers, and Symbian's move is designed to make its licensed operating system more attractive to OEMs and mobile operators whose products serve the enterprise market.
Nokia also recently licensed ActiveSync to enable e-mail synchronisation with Exchange Servers on its own enterprise "smartphones".
The amount of licence fees raised by Symbian as a result of the move will depend on whether enterprise IT managers are tempted to reconfigure their Exchange 2003 servers to support the Symbian ActiveSync functionality in the field.
Up to now, most UK enterprises adopting mobile e-mail have preferred to use RIM's Blackberry mobile devices and server software which runs on Exchange.