2 Replies Latest reply on Dec 10, 2009 3:55 PM by mtvoelke

    Exchange ActiveSync

    jwhill

      As I understand the Android Mobile Operating System it includes native support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, allowing synchronization of mail, contact, and calendar with Exchange/Outlook mailboxes.  However, after preliminary testing of the Android Mobile Operating System it is found that this operating system currently does not comply with security requirements such as device password enforcement.  Will this be included in future updates?  As it now stands, we can not access our corporate accounts without this and have been recommended NOT to purchase the Droid.  Thanks.

        • 1. Re: Exchange ActiveSync
          AFguy

          If you are wanting a good device for your corporate exchange mail, then I would not purchase the droid as it has known issues with this.  After the latest update, 2.0.1, Exchange accounts are repeatedly being deleted from the device.  You may want to stick with a windows mobile device like the TP2, or a Blackberry device.  I have the droid and my wife has the TP2 and she loves it.

          • 2. Re: Exchange ActiveSync
            mtvoelke

            The Droid does support Exchange ActiveSync, but not some ActiveSync policies (these are rules set on the Exchange server by your IT department to enhance security).  Unfortately setting policies is pretty much an industry-standard practice, so it makes things complicated.  I for one was able to sync my Exchange calendar and contacts just fine on a Droid with the 2.0 (e.g. original) software.  Although I wasn't able to get email working, I was able to work around that by setting up email via IMAP instead of Exchange (it's generally faster anyway in my experience).  However this morning 2.0.1 was released and it appears to have broken my ability to get the calendar and contacts to sync. =/

             

            If you're interested in better Exchange/ActiveSync on the Droid or other Android-powered devices, I suggest that you go here and start the bug that requests better ActiveSync policy support:

             

            http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=4475

             

            Word around the IT department at my office is that this is gaining momentum and may be fixed in Q2 of calendar year 2010, but the more people demanding it the more likely it is to be supported.

             

            Regarding the apparent breakage in the 2.0.1 software that I mentioned, I'd also suggest starring this bug:

             

            http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=5337