Saturday, October 19, 2013

ActiveSync-Based Email Access in Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 includes the email application Windows Mail. This application can access email via IMAP or ActiveSync. Yes, that's right ACTIVESYNC!

I've been wondering why ActiveSync was good enough for mobile devices, but not desktop computers. It appears that this has finally arrived. Perhaps paying Microsoft a licensing fee for use of ActiveSync is holding other vendors back.

A standard IMAP client will synchronize only email messages. An ActiveSync client can synchronize messages, your calendar, and contacts. This is now an effective option for home users that want to access work email from their computer through a full email client but without purchasing a version of Office that includes Outlook.

Remote wipe is also supported for this application. However (and this is good news), remote wipe affects only the Exchange email data. This is unlike a phone remote wipe which wipes the entire device.

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