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ActiveSync is the application used to sync a Pocket PC or Smartphone with your PC running Windows (except Windows Vista, see WMDC Windows Mobile Device Center)

There are 2 major versions of ActiveSync:

1. ActiveSync 3.x was released to support Pocket PCs, Smartphones, Palm-size PCs and Handheld PCs running Windows Mobile OS versions 2003SE and earlier with Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

The latter releases of ActiveSync 3.x were required by newer Pocket PC OS' and some only support Windows 2000 and Windows XP. Part of the features it offers is the ability to synchronize over a network, select items to be synchronized by date or category, etc. Microsoft has removed ActiveSync 3.x from it's website due to security concerns. ActiveSync 3.x versions are currently available from http://www.hpcfactor.com/support/syncsoft/activesync

ActiveSync 3.x versions do not support Windows Mobile 5 and subsequent devices.


2. ActiveSync 4.x was released to add support for Windows Mobile 5.0 devices. It supports the desktop operating systems Windows 2000 and Windows XP. It also supports Windows Mobile 2003, Windows Mobile 2003 SE, Windows Mobile 5.0, Windows Mobile 6 and Windows Mobile 6.1 in both Pocket PC and Smartphone formfactors. Microsoft removed the ability to perform network synchronizations with ActiveSync 4.x due to Security concerns.


ActiveSync has three different operation modes

1. PC ActiveSync
2. Exchange Server ActiveSync (also called Exchange ActiveSync )
3. Direct Push (a real time version of Exchange ActiveSync )

Other ActiveSync Wiki Pages:
Unresolved ActiveSync Problems

Created by: admin last modification: Sunday 20 of April, 2008 [16:32:22 UTC] by Chris

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