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Can desktop PIMs use Exchange ActiveSync like mobile devices do?

Posted on 2009-04-19
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Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I use hosted ActiveSync services like Mail2Web.com, NuevaSync and Google Sync to synchronize with Windows Mobile and iPhone.  
Is there a method to configure desktop PIMs to use the ActiveSync capability?
Question by:hunterdg
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by:Jamie McKillop
ID: 24386839

In order to use ActiveSync to sync with Exchange, the product you are using must have ActiveSync built-in.


Author Comment

ID: 24389915
Understandably, and I haven't found a desktop PIM product that does. Why not?  Couldn't some sort of add-on be developed for Thunderbird, or along those lines?  I'm basically curious if there is a technical or perhaps legal reason why it can't/hasn't been done.  
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Jamie McKillop earned 375 total points
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ActiveSync is designed to sync a mobile device with Exchange. It is not designed to sync with desktop software. Microsoft controls the proprietary ActiveSync protocol. In order to develop an application that uses ActiveSync, you must license the protocol form Microsoft.


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ID: 31571996
not quite the answer I was hoping for, but the one i was hoping for apparently does not exist.  Thanks!

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