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Android: Microsoft Exchange

 
Liyaquat Ali
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How easy is it to connect an android phone to Microsoft exchange.

How flexible is Android in allowing applicatioins to interact with Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft exchange?


 
Ed Burnette
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Android does not provide any Exchange support out of the box. However I've seen a couple of programs in the Market that say they provide Exchange/Outlook synching. I don't know how good they are. Try this search: http://www.cyrket.com/search?q=outlook
 
Liyaquat Ali
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That seems to be a big drawback as most enterprises use exchange server.

I see this as a big bottleneck in Android getting approval from enterprise wide deployments.
 
Jake Reynolds
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I have to admit, paying for Exchange access through webdav or EAS is the one thing that kept me from jumping on the G1. New hardware is due this year anyway so maybe it works out in my favor.
 
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Agreed, but Outlook Web Access works in a pinch and for some reason is easier to read (bigger fonts) on Android than on the iPhone. Another option would be to have your Exchange administrator enable POP/IMAP access and then use the regular Mail program (not GMail).

I have real Exchange/Outlook support on my iPhone, which is nice, but the administrator set it up so that it requires me to punch in a security access code every hour (if idle) to use the phone at all, which is NOT nice.
 
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Sounds good, would definitely try it out.

Thanks a lot Ed


 
Jake Reynolds
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Unfortunately IMAP and POP aren't options, as I can only cram so much on to port 443 in an Exchange deployment (I happen to be the admin). I don't suppose Google's going to hop on the EAS licensing hand grenade, but a good deal of carriers already bundle some form of Exchange sync from third parties so maybe it's just a matter of time before it's just provided for you free of (additional) charge.
 
Andro Orcl
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Independentsoft has few Exchange and Outlook APIs. They all work on Android.
 
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