Head to head: Microsoft Direct Push e-mail vs. RIM Blackberry



Hands down, this is one of the most insightful head to head comparisons between push e-mail offerings from Microsoft and RIM. The author breaks it down feature by feature and then determines (with color coding) which service is superior, inferior and competitive between the two. My standard disclosure applies here: I have yet to use or own a Blackberry device (simply because their PR folks won’t respond to my e-mails at all), so this entire exercise was very eye-opening. Who was the winner? Ah..in fine "trick or treat" spirit, I’m not giving you the treat. You’ll have to read the article for yourself, but before you do, leave a comment on who YOU think is the winner in this space. Then let us know how you did. ;)

(via Pocket PC Thoughts)



I believe it’s gonna be blackberry by a mile.

There has to be a reason they own 49% of the ENTIRE smart phone market. I mean even the DoD use blackberry along with more fortune 500 companies than any other brand.

Maybe I will be surprised?


I have not had a BlackBerry since the late-90’s and I’ve recently been required to use a 8700c.

I love it.

I never read the manual and I can use it a lot.

The fact that I don’t have to do anything to:
1. Secure it (corp IT handles this remotely and added nice little encryption sw on it, a device passwd, etc.)
2. Synchronize the data from my notebook to the BB (again, all corp IT magic in the background)
3. Always get my Outlook data directly [and automagically] synchronized to it
4. I can grab other web-enabled email with it
5. I can SSH and RDP from it to my servers/corp systems

These are the reasons why I’ve fallen in love with my new CrackBerry.

Frankly, it’s a simple unified messaging device–voicemail, IM, emails, and PIM data–all synched and ready to go from my notebook, desktop, and my BB without my intervention.

I no longer carry my Treo and I’ve left the OQO/Sony U in the car or at home (sadly).


For what it’s worth, I think BlackBerry users like myself resemble Apple fans: the total experience, with the software and hardware having a single source and design vision just gives the BlackBerry a permanent edge, comparisons like this notwithstanding.

I’ve used a BlackBerry, dating back to the days when they ran on the Mobitex pager network, for about six years. During that time, the experience has steadily improved, not just through the addition of cell phone capability and faster networks, but in areas like the ability to read attachments. All while largely maintaining the fabled long BlackBerry battery life and OS stability.

If e-mail is your priority, I just can’t imagine using another device. That isn’t to say that Microsoft’s Direct Push may not have obtained some sort of rough parity now — I just don’t know — but the BlackBerry has been getting it done for me so well, for so long, that I would need an overwhelming amount evidence to ever consider switching. Personally, I just haven’t seen any proof of that yet.

Colin Walker

I read this earlier so won’t give anything awy, but in my opinion the simple fact that Direct Push essentially requires nothing extra (no additional software to licence) etc. then it wins hands down for me.

I’ve been using Direct Push for a couple of months and greatly prefer it. I’ve not had any issues at all unlike the users I support with their BlackBerries.

Maybe I’m just biased as I really don’t like BlackBerries ;)

What is almost as interesting as the article are some of the comments afterwards in which there appears to be a “what’s best MS v RIM” war brewing along similar lines to the whole Mac v Windows fanboy war that we’ve all become so bored of.

Code E

AS long as Microsoft keeps the Active Synce people away from the Push E-mail team it should be alright.

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