Open-Xchange has made a great deal of progress since my time with them. They've developed a hosted version of their collaborative application software (available as an offering through several hosting companies), updated their packaged server solution, added a new "appliance" edition and have announced the support of iPhone and Mac OS X-based systems to the long list of supported clients.
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Now that I upgraded my original iPhone to the 2.0 software, I am using it more and more with my hosted Exchange account keeping me in sync. Just like folks who are using the iPhone 3G more since it is faster and there are lots of third party applications available, I am using my iPhone more with the syncing and application testing. Thus, I am not able to get through a full day of using my device without somehow charging up the iPhone. I may be able to connect to a PC or Mac from time-to-time, but I am often out and about so I needed a mobile solution. I received a Richard Solo Smart Backup Battery a few months ago and used it once or twice. Now with my new battery challenges, this external battery solution has proved vital to my iPhone usage.
Thanks to Adrian's post I was able to download the iPhone 2.0 firmware update and immediately updated my iPhone. As Adrian said there is a risk since the official update is not yet available, but I already had my iPhone unlocked and jailbroken so I am willing to take risks with it. My iPhone has seen little use since I haven't been able to use my hosted Exchange service so I couldn't wait for the iPhone 2.0 update and was more than happy to wipe it clean and then start trying the applications available at the Apple Application store.
While my focus in the Mobile software Monday articles is on software for your mobile phones I wanted to branch out just a bit to include a service that I use in conjuction with software on my devices that I find absolutely essential to my usage of mobile devices. Jason Dunn runs the Thoughts Media sites and preached to me for a couple of years about the benefits of a hosted Exchange solution. I finally decided to give it a try just over a year ago and now I can never go back to syncing my PIM data via cables again. I subscribe to 4Smartphone (part of Jason's recommendation) with their Mobile level plan subscription (US$12.95/month) and sync my Windows Mobile, S60, Windows, and Mac devices to the service, with hopes to soon sync my iPhone when the 2.0 update is released.
I am pretty excited about the iPhone 2.0 upgrade for a couple of reasons. I use a hosted Exchange service to keep all of my devices and other computers (UMPC and MacBook Pro) updated with my latest contact, calendar, and task data so finally having this on my iPhone will let me stop performing the Entourage, iCal, iTunes shuffle. I am also a 3rd party application fan on my mobile devices and look forward to seeing what software becomes available in June. I read today on the Cnet News.com Beyond Binary blog that Microsoft has been playing with the iPhone SDK and is considering a version of Office for the iPhone.
I was on a research vessel working offline last week when the iPhone SDK details were revealed by Steve Jobs and others at Apple, but that evening when I read all the news I was extremely happy to see Exchange ActiveSync support because my hosted Exchange service with 4Smartphone is what allows me to bounce between about 6 mobile phones and 2 or 3 notebooks in a given week without worrying about what PIM data is created and used on any of them. However, after reading more about the iPhone SDK and calming down a bit after seeing the amazing game possibilities and other 3rd party applications the news of lack of multi-tasking took me back to 1999 and thoughts of the Palm OS.
We had a few technical difficulties getting this latest show up for our listeners, but MobileTechRoundup show #122 is now available for your listening pleasure. We voiced our opinions on the MacBook Air, talked about the iPhone update 1.1.3 and why I finally stopped jailbreaking my device. James loves his HP 2710 and let us know there is a 64GB SSD option now available too. Kevin is moving away from his hosted Exchange service thanks to Gmail's IMAP feature and other solutions. The gang chimes in about the Skyfire Windows Mobile browser and how it could really make the HTC Advantage an even better UMPC alternative. There were a few other mobile topics discussed so head on over and listen to the show.
I just read an article over on Download Squad, thanks Kevin, that has me quite excited as a mobile device user who relies on Gmail. It seems that Gmail is FINALLY rolling out IMAP support. I started using Gmail 3 years ago and initially bounced back to Yahoo! because I needed an IMAP account to effectively manage my email from multiple mobile devices and PCs. I then went back to Gmail due to the compelling web interface and subscribed to a hosted Exchange account for my email. Still, even to this day, I have to forward my Gmail to my hosted Exchange and must managed Gmail email multiple times on the iPhone, BlackBerry, etc. With IMAP support my email will now be synced across all platforms and I will increase my productivity.
A good way to start off your week is by checking out the links to mobile articles in the Carnival of the Mobilists. Carnival #89 is hosted this week by WAP Review and includes articles related to new products and technologies, the Apple iPhone, business topics, and how mobilility is being used in society. I particularly enjoyed the selected Post of the Week detailing the new N-Gage platform since I was still looking for some new N-Gage hardware until I finally took the time to understand that N-Gage is no longer a device, but a platform that runs on new Nokia devices that serve many other purposes. Next week, I'll be hosting the Carnival right here on the Mobile Gadgeteer so stay tuned for that as well.
James starts off MobileTechRoundup show #109 by highlighting why a hosted Exchange service can be valuable to mobile enthusiasts and those with multiple devices. Kevin, James, and I then talk a bit about Palm, both the Foleo and the Engadget open letter. The new Nokia N95s revealed by the FCC have us excited and we chat a bit about buying unlocked devices versus carrier subsidized ones. T-Mobile may finally be rolling out 3G soon and Verizon is going to enable GPS in their device before the end of the year. We couldn't go a whole show without mentioning the iPhone and our freeware of the show is a way to do some basic hacking that is user friendly.
As Jason blogged, Apple released an update for the Apple iPhone last night that was geared towards security updates for Safari. However, there were also a couple other minor improvements that actually may be quite important for iPhone owners. Prior to the update I only saw Inbox, Trash, Drafts (if I had any started), and Sent in my 4smartphone hosted Exchange IMAP mailbox. I now have visible access to ALL of my IMAP folders, as it should have been with true IMAP, in addition to folders called RSS Feeds (with subfolders labeled Microsoft at Home and at Work), Sync Issues (with subfolders for Conflicts, Local Failures, and Server Failures). These additional folders may be specific to my IMAP account and I'll have to check them out some more. The mail program still doesn't manage email like it should with IMAP (as seen with Yahoo! Mail), but getting access to my folders is a step closer.
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