Windows Phone and Exchange ActiveSync: What you need to know

The iPhone and Android provide more EAS security than Windows Phone 7 does, but you may still be able to support Microsoft's smartphones

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  • Exchange Server 2010 (including both service packs) and EAS 14/14.1 add even more EAS features and policies, such as conversation segments, Global Address LIst (GAL) photos and information rights management (IRM) support, that only Windows Phone 7.5 supports. The competition has ignored these new EAS features.

When you can support Windows Phone in your business
In some cases, you can use Windows Phone in your business. If you aren't concerned about on-device encryption, camera disabling, or other disabling features, then you can use Windows Phone and get a great Exchange experience and, if you use it, IRM support. Of course, there are few companies that would use IRM without requiring on-device encryption.

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This article, "Windows Phone and Exchange ActiveSync: What you need to know," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Read more of J. Peter Bruzzese's Enterprise Windows blog and follow the latest developments in Windows at InfoWorld.com. For the latest business technology news, follow InfoWorld.com on Twitter.

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