Using Android with Exchange Servers

As discussed in Chapter 6, Android 2.1 and below has some support for Exchange email, but it doesn't support many of the security policies many IT departments require. In some cases, you may be forced to use Outlook Web Access (OWA). In addition, Android doesn't sync your Outlook calendar, Global Address List, or Outlook task requests. Android 2.2 offers better support for Exchange, including security policies, remote wiping, and the Global Address Book. It also allows Exchange calendar syncing. It still does not share tasks, though.

Motorola phones with MOTOBLUR may have better support for Exchange and security policies. That doesn't mean you're out of luck if you have a different phone, however. There are a number of third-party tools that offer corporate Exchange compatibility for under $30. Among the solutions are DataViz RoadSync, Moxier Mail, and NitroDesk TouchDown. Of those solutions, TouchDown is probably the best bet, since it offers a free, fully functional trial. That way you can make absolutely sure it is compatible with your phone and your Exchange server's security policies.

Exchange compatibility is something that is likely to improve over time. Customers demand the ability to check their corporate e-mail accounts, and Google, phone manufacturers, and app developers have all been listening. Android's next release, Gingerbread, will likely improve corporate compatibility even further.

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