I attended a press briefing Monday where a very excited Nokia team informed us that they are immediately bringing Exchange Server support to their entire S60 3rd Edition line. Nokia has been pushing into the enterprise market with the E-series but will immediately start including Mail for Exchange for all S60 3rd Edition phones. This includes the N-series line that includes a lot of Nokia’s hot new handsets. All S60 based phones going forward will have Mail for Exchange pre-installed and owners of existing handsets will be able to get Mail for Exchange from Nokia through the normal download channels. This brings Exchange support to 80 million handsets (handsets shipped globally to date) making Nokia the largest supporter of the Exchange Server crowd. Nokia tells us how easy it will be to get Mail for Exchange:
Nokia owners whose companies use Exchange can set up Mail for Exchange for free on their devices in various ways without paying additional services or subscription fees – from the email set-up plug-in on the home screen, by launching the application from the Download! folder, or via the Settings Wizard. Once the application is set up, users utilize their current data plan service to get real-time access to their office email, calendar, contacts, tasks and company directory over a secure connection.
At the press briefing Nokia stressed how the Settings Wizard will configure Exchange Server support, a sometimes daunting task, with just a few user settings in the Wizard. They claim all of the various configuration settings will be derived automatically as part of the Settings Wizard.
By connecting to the Exchange Server 2007, Mail for Exchange enables features such as Autodiscover, which drastically simplifies the set-up process by requiring the email account holder to only enter their email address, password, domain and usernames; ‘Out of Office’ messaging, enabling busy professionals to set their out-of-office messages directly from their Nokia device; synchronization when roaming, a must-have feature for traveling businesspeople; and also Flag status for follow-ups.
Nokia’s Exchange Server support will include exclusive features not available to other devices that support Exchange:
While the Exchange ActiveSync protocol is compatible with many types of devices, Nokia device users will have access to features that are currently not available in other Exchange ActiveSync licensees’ devices. Setting email priorities, alerts for meeting request conflicts, a standalone global address list application to search for a colleague’s contact details quickly, downloading and editing all types of attachments, not just image files, are must-have factors that users will expect from their mobile email application.
Mail for Exchange will be available for download for existing handsets by October 1st at Nokia for Business but Nokia has indicated it may be available earlier than that. They suggest owners start checking that site from today on until it is available for download.