Activesync, Public Folders and the Windows Mobile Phone
A client recently purchased a job lot of MDA Compact II Windows mobile phones from T-Mobile for their sales team. They wanted each phone to synchronise with their shared Exchange 2003 Public Folders - a calendar and contact list.
After a brief look at Activesync I realised that it still was as buggy as I remembered and even worse, still does not synchronise with Public folders. I have no idea why Microsoft still do not allow this simple task of Public Folder synchronisation.
A quick search found Chapura's PocketMirror Professional 2.1.4 product.
This looked like it did what was required and after downloading and installing the 7 day trial, each MDA was downloading multiple Public folders as well as the standard personal Calendar and Contacts. The only issue was the extra $50 cost per phone.
Activesync is still as buggy and the MDA phones are no angels but the client seems happy with the solution and I am running it in for the 7 day trial before actually purchasing it.
The actual users are not so happy with the phones (which we did not recommend) as like most smart phones, you either love them or hate them. While they like the functions it provides, the actual phone interface is not good enough for these road warriors.
All the users (myself included) I have ever met who have used them as phones, hate them. Except one.