Monday, March 20, 2006

MS just release IE7 Beta 2 preview:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/ie7/ie7betaredirect.mspx

Go take it for a spin!

Saturday, March 18, 2006

As more people are updating their device with AKU2, questions are coming up about
battery consumption on the device. The consensus is Direct Push will consume a larger amount of battery compared with the old method (SMS), where we are seeing about a 15% depletion over 2G protocols and and a 30% depletion for 3G protocols (just for the heartbeat.) If your seeing excessive decline in battery usage after enabling Direct Push you may want to check the time-out value for HTTPS connections on your firewall. MS recommends setting this to 30 minutes as anything less could un-necessarily cause your device to resend additional heartbeats (thus draining the battery quicker.)

This KB talks about the setting in more detail:

http://support.microsoft.com/Default.aspx?kbid=905013

Thursday, March 16, 2006

It's arrived! Unofficially (since I haven't seen an official announcment
from Sprint yet) Sprint has released the MSFP (aka AKU2) for the PPC-6700
and we have been testing it over at the great www.pdaphonehome.com site:

http://www.pdaphonehome.com/forums/showthread.php?t=68618&page=16

So far the Direct Push feature is working great. Sync times seem to be
about 50% faster and no more SMS messages flying around. The ROM also seems
to have fixed a number of issues with this device making it really shine.

If you have this device, run, don't walk to install this update.

UPDATE: Sprint has now officially rolled this out. Here is a link to the
official rollout download (which is the same as the one posted previously).

http://www4.sprint.com/pcsbusiness/d...11200_ship.exe

Thursday, March 09, 2006

If your in the UK and have a C600 phone from Orange you can now download
MSFP for your device. This is the first carrier in the UK to release the
MSFP for any device.

http://msmobiles.com/news.php/5007.html


And where still waiting here in the US...

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

And the waiting continues.... Very few Carriers have released the MSFP
for their devices thus far (None in the US, only one in Korea I believe) and it looks like most are still a few months out. Microsoft needs
to do something about this as the carriers are becoming huge road blocks for
the adoption of Windows Mobile devices in the enterprise. If it takes each
carrier 6-9 months to do a ROM upgrade for a device most devices will only ever
get one upgrade (if their lucky).

There must be a way they could separate the carrier logic from bits MS needs
to update (kind of like how drivers are written now with MS doing the heavy
lifting and developers writing to that core driver)so upgrades are easier to
push out and don't require the carrier's integration efforts.

Are you listening MS?
Brian Desmond .http://briandesmond.com/blog/archive/2005/10/19/13474.aspx"
had a great article about a potentially bad situation that can
arise from a poorly designed feature in Exchange System Manager. In KB article
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=841516 it talks about how if you choose the delete option by right clicking a server under the system policies section, it doesn't just delete the server from the server policy but also deletes the actual server object from AD. I cannot imagine why MS chose to even allow this but it's there and you should be aware of it.

The KB goes thru the steps to recover the object, needless to say it's alot of
work. BTW, the delete option is only seen if your running Exchange 2003 native
mode.

Hopefully MS will correct this in a future sp/hotfix

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

MS just made Beta 1 of E12 available to MSDN subscribers. Download away (remember, no production servers at this time).