View Poll Results: What do you think about this feature?
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Can't wait to get it, would be a huge step forward (Very positive)
Good idea (Positive)
Nice to have, but there are more urgent topics (Neutral)
Does not make sense to me (Negative)
what do you think about a feature that enables Open-Xchange to support ActiveSync enabled smartphones such as Windows Mobile, Android, iPhone, Blackberry and most Symbian devices? This would allow synchronization over a de-facto standard protocol without the need to install 3rd party client software at the device (except blackberry mail). The solution would be a server-side implementation of the EAS Protocol (Exchange ActiveSync) that is packaged as a Open-Xchange plugin and enables the Server to speak native ActiveSync based on the users Open-Xchange data such as E-Mail, Calendars, Addressbooks and Task lists including folder hierarchies. We already have a working implementation and it makes huge progress day by day in terms of client specific optimizations.
What do you think about it? What would you expect from such a feature? What devices or platforms are important to be supported to you?
Last edited by Martin Heiland; 06-17-2009 at 10:25 PM.
how long until there will be a testable alpha version?
i would be (especially) interested in support for blackberry and nokia smartfones.
ist there anything someone who is not a java-guru could contribute? (testing etc.)
p.s.: it seems that the poll was rather forseeable *g*.
Last edited by mnu; 06-18-2009 at 11:20 AM.
there is already a testable version available, but we're checking it internally right now. Personally i feel we should have something really testable and working out in a few weeks. Testing on different devices would be a superior contribution due to the fact that we don't own thousands of devices. I'm gonna contact you or others when we're starting a public beta.
just a quick status update on internal testing
* iPhone (firmware 2.0 and 3.0) is working very good, all features (calendar/tasks/contacts/mail) working natively
* Windows Mobile support has made huge progress, since there are many different versions that are customized by some handset makers we need a bit more testing on this one. We're currently supporting all WinMob features natively.
* Nokia S60 devices are also making progress. Since there is no built-in EAS client we currently prefer using the Nokia "Mail for Exchange" software from Nokia. This client also synchronizes all services to the native applications.
* BlackBerry is also looking good, we're evaluating the AstraSync client which covers calendar/contacts (natively) and E-Mail as an addon client for those who don't have BES/BIS services available
All in all the project has made huge progress. There are some things to do before starting an external beta - for example integrating the whole plugin to the Open-Xchange environment and knocking out some issues. I've a great feeling about this plugin, we really want this extension to rock before releasing.
Last edited by Martin Heiland; 06-25-2009 at 01:15 AM.
Just installed the first package to integrate ActiveSync support to OX 6.10 (before we had a standalone EAS server), works beautiful
Just slaying some platform specific differences of the EAS implementation of some devices. Looks good so far, just Nokia S60 seems to be a bit more different than the others...
Any news on public beta? :-)
I'm not sure if there will be a public free-for-all beta since implementing ActiveSync the "clean way" requires some license arrangements with Microsoft. We aim start a beta with some partners tomorrow and will use this feedback for further improvements towards a final release. Especially feedback about device support would be very appreciated. I guess ActiveSync will also be available at http://ox.io/ when it is launched for beta.
Last edited by Martin Heiland; 07-15-2009 at 12:37 AM.
Just launched the partner beta...
* Added support for appointment series and exceptions
* Optimized E-Mail handling for larger mailboxes
* Added command line switches to activate or deactivate USM and/or EAS separately
* Suppressing invitation E-Mails from winmob/iphone devices (invitations are sent by the ox server)
* Many many improvements in all sections
It's looking pretty good, we're preparing the second wave of beta now.