Sussing Out Best Smartphones for Microsoft Exhchange
We highlight the features of iPhones, BlackBerrys and Android handsets that work well -- or don't -- with Microsoft Exchange.
If your company is in the market for a new cell phone carrier and handset standard, one of the issues to consider is how well the mobile device works with Microsoft's Exchange email servers.
Mobile Exchange support has been improving over the past several years, but there are various subtle differences that are worth considering to guide your corporate purchase plans.
There are four major mobile phone product families that offer Exchange clients: Windows Mobile, Apple iPhone, Research in Motion BlackBerry, and various Google Android suppliers.
In the past year, Android phones have been taking market share away from Blackberry. And numerous suppliers, including Google, have introduced models. However, not every phone within a particular family works the same way with Exchange.
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If all you are looking for is synchronizing your emails, contacts and calendars between desktop and phone, just about all devices will provide this. The trouble comes when your users demand more, such as being able to search all their server-based messages, lookup addresses in the server address list, make appointments that are kept private, and reply to meeting requests on your phone. This is where things start to get a bit dicey among the various phones.
Read the full story, "Best Smartphones for Microsoft Exchange," at Datamation.com.
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