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This years GSMWC kicked off with the traditional flurry of announcements. These two looked quite interesting:
Flextronics licenses Windows Mobile
Flextronics are a worldwide ODM (Original Design Manufacturer) and they are talking about building a very flexible device core called Peabody that can be ‘skinned’ for different operators or OEM’s to meet their specific branding needs. Haven’t seen any hardware specs yet beyond the inclusion of GSM/GPRS radio.
Nokia licenses Microsoft Exchange Server ActiveSync protocol for integration with Nokia’s business-optimized devices
Microsoft started licensing the Exchange Active Sync technology last year giving other device and OS manufacturers the option of offering direct sync into Exchange mail. It’s an interesting move which was seen by some as a possible dilution of the Windows Mobile platform strengths, but in reality this moves the point of competition from the sync protocol level to the consuming application e.g. the best PIM software wins, with the idea that PIM competition will benefit consumers and the industry in the longer term. As far as I am aware Palm Source and Nokia have licensed this technology so far.