Keeping ActiveSync Up To Date

If you've got a Windows Mobile device such as a Pocket PC or Smartphone attached to your computer, you might want to take a moment or two out to check that you've got the latest version of ActiveSync installed. I thought mine was up to date, but it seems we've been quietly releasing minor updates on a fairly regular basis, sometimes without bumping up the version number. I was running build 3244, but on upgrading in situ was amazed to find that the current build number has crept up to 4034. (This is Microsoft ActiveSync 3.7.1, incidentally). As well as updates to support new devices, I know that in the past there have been some significant improvements to stability and synchronisation quality slipped in. It's a shame the software doesn't offer to silently check for updates on a regular basis - or alternatively offer these updates via Windows Update - it would be a nice feature to add for the next major version.

To check the version you're running, double-click on the ActiveSync tray icon and choose Help / About from the window that pops up. You can update the software without losing any existing settings, although you will have to reboot your machine for the upgrade to be completed.

Comments (8)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Cheers Tim, I found I was also running build 3244. I will definately make more regular checks for new versions in the future!

  2. Anonymous says:

    This update was a one-off thing. We’re not in the habit of slipping out little releases without telling people 🙂 When 3.7.1 came out some of our customers had trouble with a particular aspect of ActiveSync. We fixed it and put out an updated version to take care of the issue, hence the build number change.


  3. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the tip!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wish some more time could be spent updating ActiveSync – supporting more than one device at the same time would be a start!

  5. Anonymous says:

    It’s somewhat ironic that you can’t activesync ActiveSync….

  6. Anonymous says:

    Any news about when the one device thing will be fixed? Activesync 4 maybe? Any news on it

  7. Anonymous says:

    There’s a new version in early beta at the moment; I don’t have any details for you except that it’s been largely rewritten and looks to solve many of the long-standing criticisms of 3.x. Hold on in there!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I wouldnt bother, from 3.7 to 4, they still havent botherd adding anything of use, and theres pleanty it needs. I can only assume the ActiveSync team are the ex-windows 9x team, because its the suckiest software Microsoft release.

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