BlackBerry Enterprise Server for Microsoft Exchange Version: 5.0 | Service Pack: 1

Interesting .. http://docs.blackberry.com/en/admin/deliverables/12039/BlackBerry_Enterprise_Server_for_Microsoft_Exchange-Release_Notes–934496-1104102201-001-5.0.1-US.pdf

Hightlight for me is: Support for Microsoft Exchange Web Services.  You can configure the BlackBerry Enterprise Server to use Microsoft Exchange Web Services instead of MAPI and CDO libraries to manage calendars on BlackBerry devices. You configure support for Microsoft Exchange Web Services using the BlackBerry Enterprise Trait Tool. To configure the BlackBerry Enterprise Server to use Microsoft Exchange Web Services, your organization’s environment must use Microsoft Exchange 2007 SP1 or later.

Good bye Windows Mobile .. Hello iPhone

I have been using PIM devices for a very long time.  It started with a Psion, then on Palm until a Microsoft entered the frame.  I had numerous Compaq iPaqs, some HTC devices and finally converged to windows mobile with combined phone/PDA.  My latest Windows Mobile device is a Samsung Omnia.

Now before I upgraded to it, all around me had this iPhone thing. I thought it looks nice, but I will stick with what I have.  I upgraded my Omnia to Windows Mobile 6.1 and all was fine, but the phone just felt sluggish.  All I really use on a phone is push activesync to my exchange server and my hotmail (that was push but this just killed the battery).  I had hoped the Omnia would be a “swish” as the iphone, but I was very wrong!

Now the apps for WM devices are really good, but you have to hunt for them or find them by word of mouth.  This is a bit of a pain, but I suffered ;-)

Push came to shove when I was called on my omnia and the device just looked at me and rang .. it didn’t show me the number calling or anything.  Then a number of times I would make a call and it would drop out.  I would reset the device and that didn’t help.

So to the iPhone.  My main b1tch about the iPhone is O2.  I have been with tmobile for a long time.  I have a number of SIMs with them and I don’t want to move, just to get an iPhone.  Ari pointed me to play.com as the offer sim free, unlocked iPhones.  Okay they are not cheap but its an option.

My iPhone came with an Italian manual, and once I had installed iTunes, it registered and works like a dream .. time to play ;-)


So it’s been a few days, and boy, in comparison to Windows Mobile .. well there is no comparison.  I can NOW see what all the fuss is about, the iPhone is an awesome bit of kit, responsive, easy to use and the App Store just rocks.  Even battery life in comparison to my Omnia is excellent, only 50% in a day, and I am abusing it more than the Omnia.

I am finding that its hard to put down, and getting applications from the App Store is so simple and a lot of the them are free.

My current favourites of the moment are: TweetDeck, mBox Mail (for my hotmail), Faces Lite (for picture contacts), Tube Boards, Sky News, Sky+ and Ragdoll lite.  [Thanks to Ari, Matt and Manoj for recommending these!]

I have also invested in an incipio feather cover from amazon and a ZAGG invisibleSHIELD from Carphone warehouse.

I’ll let you know how I get on, but this is one of the best gadget choices I have made in a very long time ..

Exchange 2010 Mobility Videos on TechNet Edge

A whole bunch of demo videos came out on TechNet Edge yesterday

Exchange 2010 Mobility Demo: Nickname Cache
Adam Glick, Senior Technical Product Manager, demos Nickname Cache in Exchange 2010. By storing the e-mail addresses of recent recipients, the Nickname Cache helps users address e-mail more quickly by providing a suggested name list as a new address is typed. This automatically populated list narrows itself as the user types more letters of the recipient’s name and is a combined cache of recent recipients of e-mail sent from Outlook Web Access and Outlook Mobile.
http://edge.technet.com/Media/Exchange-2010-Mobility-Demo-Nickname-Cache/

Exchange 2010 Mobility Demo: Move Conversation
Adam Glick, Senior Technical Product Manager, demos the move conversation function within Conversation View.  By treating multiple messages as a single conversation it can be managed, ignored, moved, and deleted as a whole vs. having to address each e-mail individually. New messages to old conversations will automatically be placed in the folder to which you have directed the conversation, even if you have deleted or ignored a conversation.
http://edge.technet.com/Media/Exchange-2010-Mobility-Demo-Move-Conversation/

Exchange 2010 Mobility Demo: Free Busy
Adam Glick, Senior Technical Product Manager, demos how Exchange ActiveSync now enables users to look at a contact’s calendar availability. Right from a user’s contact information, a free/busy timeline show users when their contacts are available for a call or meeting.
http://edge.technet.com/Media/Exchange-2010-Mobility-Demo-FreeBusy/

Exchange 2010 Mobility Demo: Conversation View
Adam Glick, Senior Technical Product Manager, demos the new Conversation View in Exchange 2010. The new conversation view quickly and easily enables users to identify the most recent messages and, the series of responses. Conversation view is always preserved, even if individual e-mail messages are located in different folders in the mailbox.  By treating multiple messages as a single conversation it can be managed, ignored, moved, and deleted as a whole vs. having to address each e-mail individually. New messages to old conversations will automatically be placed in the folder to which you have directed the conversation, even if you have deleted or ignored a conversation
http://edge.technet.com/Media/Exchange-2010-Mobility-Demo-Conversation-View/

Exchange 2010 Mobility Demo: UM Card
Adam Glick, Senior Technical Product Manager, demos UM Card for Exchange 2010 Mobility.
http://edge.technet.com/Media/Exchange-2010-Mobility-Demo-UM-Card/

Preview BlackBerry Enterprise Server v5.0

Check it out .. nothing on if it still uses CDO/MAPI to talk to exchange


Source: http://www.blackberry.com/newsletters/connection/it/i309/enterprise_server.shtml

  • In BlackBerry Enterprise Server v5.0, the admin console will switch from a desktop administration client to a web-based client
  • New high-availability options allow you to configure primary and standby BlackBerry Enterprise Servers for automatic or manual failover. ** About time too ! **
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  • When the BlackBerry Enterprise Server v5.0 is running in High Availability mode, there is no single point of failure. To ensure a rapid, graceful response to problems as—or before—they occur, system health checks generate scores that are shared amongst systems, components and administrators
  • With BlackBerry Enterprise Server v5.0, software updates, applications, and even entirely new OS versions can be pushed to BlackBerry smartphones wirelessly

New to BlackBerry Enterprise Server v5.0
5 Features that Will Make Your Job Easier

BlackBerry Enterprise Transporter Tool: With the BlackBerry® Enterprise Transporter tool you can run parallel BlackBerry Enterprise Server environments, allowing you to do real-world testing in the new BlackBerry Enterprise Server v5.0 environment with part of your team before making a full migration. There’s no need to wipe devices before transferring to BlackBerry Enterprise Server v5.0, and backing out to the pre-existing environment is easy.

Threshold Assistance Tool: The Threshold Assistance Tool resides within the BlackBerry® Monitoring Service; it uses the information gathered by your monitoring database to suggest acceptable operating thresholds for your particular server and network environment. As your company grows, you can run the tool again to set new baselines.

High Availability: Utilizing High Availability is easier than you think—three clicks and you’re done. Learn more about this feature in an upcoming edition of BlackBerry Connection.

Role-Based Admins: BlackBerry Enterprise Server v5.0 allows for granular control of admin permissions. You can now scope a given role to a set of users the admin can take action on. For example, you can create an executive-support IT group, which would allow for only particular employees to perform administrative tasks against the execs’ accounts.

Maintenance Windows: You can now opt to suspend alerts during specific periods, for example, during server maintenance. Using this function just might end those early-morning wake-up calls that occur during scheduled server downtime.

New version of Spb Mobile Shell 3.0

I use this a lot with my omnia .. will u know what the new version is like


Source: http://www.spbsoftwarehouse.com/press/pressreleases/2009/apr21.html

St. Petersburg, April 21st, 2009 – Spb Software, a leading maker of mobile software, releases Spb Mobile Shell 3.0, the next-generation user interface for Windows phones. According to Handango Yardstick, Spb Mobile Shell was the world’s number one bestselling application of 2008 among all mobile platforms.

Spb Mobile Shell 3.0 accounts for two different smartphone use scenarios: at work and at play. The application offers distinctive ‘professional’ and ‘lifestyle’ desktops, integration of picture contacts with Facebook, account-sensitive email indicators, handsome time and weather screens, widgets, responsive kinetic scrolling, signature 3D animation engine, and other appealing assets that change the way a Windows phone is used altogether.

Previous versions of Spb Mobile Shell were shipped by a number of innovative phone makers, such as Acer, O2, Pharos, Sony Ericsson, and Toshiba, have won numerous awards, and have been the choice of millions of customers. “It was challenging to design 3.0, as customer expectations are quite high,” – comments Yaroslav Goncharov the Spb Mobile Shell Product Manager and CTO at Spb Software – “On the other hand, this level of success gave us confidence in our basic ideas and design philosophy, and we certainly feel that Spb Mobile Shell 3.0 has all it takes to be the strong foundation for a host of new and immensely popular Windows phones.”

Spb Mobile Shell Windows Mobile Solution
Spb Mobile Shell 3.0 Main Features
  • Professional and Lifestyle home screens (for work and for play)
  • Widget-based photo contacts with Facebook integration
  • Widgets
  • 3D carousel and hardware accelerator support
  • Ringtones, Contacts, Profiles, and Wireless management
  • Many integrated tools such as Weather, World Time, etc.
  • Highly customizable for the needs of phone makers and mobile operators

Windows Mobile 6.5 comes to life on May 11th

cool .. wonder if they will stream it?

Source: http://blogs.msdn.com/windowsmobile/archive/2009/04/06/the-road-to-tech-ed-2009.aspx

Stephanie Ferguson, GM of Business Experiences at Microsoft’s Mobile Communications Business is going to deliver the kick off presentation of Windows Mobile 6.5 on Monday, May 11th at 1:00PM – 2:15PM. This Tech Ed 2009 session focuses on Windows Mobile 6.5 and is targeted at both IT Professionals and Developers, with a cool demo and an outline of great stuff to come.

Blogcast: Exchange 2003 Activesync Troubleshooting Deep Dive

This is something I done a while back and wanted to share!