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ActiveSync 4.5 released

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If you're using Windows XP with your Windows Mobile, then you'll be using ActiveSync to synchronise your device. Just this morning, after a long Beta period, Microsoft have released the full, final release of ActiveSync 4.5.

The download can be found here in the Microsoft Download Center, the Windows Mobile site page is still to be updated.

Here's what's new...

Feature: A device can stay connected to cellular and wireless networks while also connected to PC. Benefit: Enables the device to receive incoming VoIP calls and MMS messages when it is connected to a PC.

Feature: Integrated Information Rights Management (IRM) activation is available from the PC.

Benefit: Provides access to IRM-protected content on the device.

Feature: You can enroll for device certificates from the PC.

Benefit: Enables Exchange Sync with servers requiring certificate based authentication.

Feature: Support is provided for HTML formatted e-mail.

Benefit: Adds the ability to configure HTML e-mail sync settings and sync HTML formatted e-mail from Outlook and Microsoft Exchange.

Feature: Microsoft Windows Installer technology provides a seamless installation process.

Benefit: Improves the setup experience.

Feature: The application has been visually updated.

Benefit: Modern graphics complement the visual style of the mobile device.

Feature: An integrated troubleshooter utility is included.

Benefit: The utility scans your PC and device to identify problems that can affect the use of your device with the PC.

Feature: You can log on to Microsoft Exchange using just a user name and password.

Benefit: E-mail IDs are supported in the username field for hosted users, which makes it easier to log in.

Feature: Overall stability has been improved.

Benefit: Enhances the reliability of connecting devices and syncing.

Feature: Improvements to PIN lock have also improved the interaction between the PC and the device.

Benefit: Provides a better and more secure experience.

Feature: USB support has been improved.

Benefit: ActiveSync 4.5 provides the fastest USB transport between your PC and your mobile device to date.

Feature: The user interface and new partnership wizard have both been enhanced.

Benefit: Easier to locate key features, access the most important configuration settings, and configure the device upon first synchronization.

Feature: More robust synchronization with Outlook is provided.

Benefit: Synchronization with Outlook is now more reliable.

Enjoy!

P

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Now that 4.5 has gone to final release where can we find the next beta version :)

How long do we reckon before they stop development on this cause of Vista and it's new sync facilities?

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I'd be surprised to see any more versions!

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my only question is will i be able to finally sync with bluetooth with out the hit and miss complecated method of before??

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Clucking Bell. I only just reinstalled my laptop a few days ago and with Astink working ATM I am reluctant to b0rk it all by upgrading.

Any chance the improved USB speed is anything like USB2?

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Ugh! I have just spent the last two hours trying to get my devices to sync with 4.5 and it has caused me no end of grief. Finally rolled back to 4.2.

4.5, for some reason, could not recognize my previous sync partnerships, so it could not detect that my device was already synced with my desktop, and kept asking to create a second sync partnership on the device. To make things worse, it decided to rename the device id of my WM5 pocket PC (Ubiquio 501), and then went on to freeze at synchronizing appointments.

With my iPAQ 2210 and 4350s, 4.5 also did not recognize previous partnerships, but thankfully did not rename the devices. However, it did go on to freeze at Outlook sync.

I gave up and did a system restore!

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Clucking Bell. I only just reinstalled my laptop a few days ago and with Astink working ATM I am reluctant to b0rk it all by upgrading.

Any chance the improved USB speed is anything like USB2?

Fraid not, takes 20seconds to copy a 7.5MB file.

Didn't mess anything up though, smooth upg, don't even need to remove the old version, it does that for you.

gr

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@ ZSK...

Wow what a wonderful upgrade... as MINE TOO cannot recognise the existing Partnership I have, since I have upgraded.

Nice one Microsoft.

Others - how are you finding it for remebering an existing sync partnership?

Chip in...

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@ ZSK...

Wow what a wonderful upgrade... as MINE TOO cannot recognise the existing Partnership I have, since I have upgraded.

Nice one Microsoft.

Others - how are you finding it for remebering an existing sync partnership?

No problem here at work. Going to try it at home tonight.

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Install worked ok. The install wiped the 4.2 partnership and had to setup a new one, no biggie there. Problem I've got now though, which is right royal pain :D , is that the sync with remote exchange server through ActiveSync is no longer working.

I get a "Support code:80072efd" error.

I've tried a couple of things like AllowLSP = 0 reg key on the PC, no joy :D

I've tried changing the connection settings for AS on the PC, no joy :D

I've tried rolling back, and still it doesn't work.

PIE works ok, Fizz works ok, NewsBreak works ok, all on passthrough, but no damn sync to exchange server. :)

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hello all,

..i'm still on version 3.7.1. i was going to download this 4.5 version, but after reading the problems some are having i've changed my mind...

pooks

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hello all,

..i'm still on version 3.7.1. i was going to download this 4.5 version, but after reading the problems some are having i've changed my mind...

pooks

so whats the difference here between 4.5 and the 4.5 beta? i have 4.5 installed right now and notice no difference at all.

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Does not seem to work with the Treo 750 at all. Have installed twice now and the connection remains undetected.

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After having it installed for a week or so now I've noticed a couple of problems with AS4.5

1. When I log in as a differnt user it's like it has to install something so it looks for the origional installer, I didn't have it so cancelled the install. Then everythime I started up WMP 11 it would try to install AS, I cancel the install (takes a few times) close WMP and if I open it again off goes the installer again!

2. It seems to keep a hold of the COM port even if the WM device is not plugged in. Trying to use hyper terminal to access a switch it said the device was in use. I had to kill the wcescomm.exe process before I could use HT. Never had this prob with the previous AS.

just some info, sry for digging up an old post

gr

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I got 4.5 version on mine, but when connected to desktop pc via bluetooth to surf the net (desktop in bedroom) after a short while it looses connection.

My thought was as it keeps syncing aprox every 15 mins it disconnects it's self automaticly??

Anyone now why or how to keep it connected.

Also at the top of activesync the schedule is grey'd out thus unusable is everybody's

Thanks in advance

kev.

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One tip if you install this on xp and in the future upgrade to vista remember to remove it before the upgrade as its impossible to remove it after , and the windows mobile center does not function well with it still in the system .

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