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Exchange ActiveSync (MobileSync) vs Good Old IMAP + SMTP

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Many years ago, it used to be that if you had a cell phone that had an email program included, you could configure using IMAP and SMTP to allow you to check email and send email…. just like how a desktop email program worked.

This is still the case, of course.  However, as far back as 1996, Microsoft introduced the first version of “ActiveSync”, a protocol designed to allow mobile devices supporting it to synchronize email, calendars, tasks, and contacts with Microsoft’s Exchange server.  ActiveSync has evolved over time, getting faster, offering support for use in every modern mobile device.  While ActiveSync was designed to work with the Exchange server, these days it also works with other non-Exchange services that can talk the “ActiveSync language,” e.g. LuxSci through its Mobile Sync service.

In general, ActiveSync is much better than using IMAP and SMTP, though there are a few small corner cases where IMAP may be better for you.  Below, we shall compare them from an end-user perspective … trying to shed some light on “which is better” from a practical point of view.

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When you must stay on top of your email — Push Email is Key

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Did you hear about the big sales opportunity?  Oh ya — that is so 27 seconds ago.

While this quotes a recently popular commercial for cell phone data speed, it does underline the increasing need for connectivity and the time sensitive nature of every day life and business.  Our customers need to get notices and emails as soon as possible.  The less delay, the better.

Many companies, like LuxSci with its MobileSync service, offer “Push Email” to address this need.

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Keep Everything in Sync with Apple iOS5 and LuxSci MobileSync

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Apple iOS v5 for iPad and iPhone is out!  iCloud is great, allowing easy synchronization of your Apple devices and limited synch with Outlook.

For easy synchronization of your iPhone, iPad, and all other mobile devices (i.e. Blackberry, Android, Windows Mobile) and LuxSci’s WebAide collaboration tools (Tasks / Calendars / Contacts), LuxSci MobileSync is still the best way to go.

Apple iOS5 with LuxSci Mobile Sync:

  • Still supports multiple calendar and contact list synchronizations
  • Still supports mail synchronization, Push email, and secure sending
  • New – Supports automatic synchronization of iOS “Reminders” with WebAide Task Lists
  • New – Create new email folders from the Mail application
  • New – Calendar events now support separate time zones for each event, making collaboration with folks in differing time zones much easier.
  • New – Flag Support. The “Flagged” status of email messages now synchronizes
  • New – Offline email move and delete.  If you move or delete mail while disconnected, these operations will now be performed when your device reconnects
  • Updated – Improves notification to users of new mail and other items
  • Updated – Server-side email folder searching has been improved.

Additionally, with LuxSci WebAideSync, you can also have your Calendars/Tasks/Contacts automatically synchronized with Microsoft Outlook as well.

 

Mobile Device Synchronization is Now Available at LuxSci

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

The Beta period is over! LuxSci now offers its Mobile Sync service to all new and existing customers.

Mobile Sync provides real-time automatic synchronization of your LuxSci Calendars, Address Books, and Tasks with your mobile device(s).  Premium Mobile Sync also includes outbound email and Push Email for real-time email updates without the significant battery drain that IMAP and POP incur.  Mobile Sync is:

  • Quick and easy to setup (easier than setting up a regular email account on your phone)
  • Fast and reliable
  • Very secure (available for use in HIPAA accounts).

New customers can select “Mobile Sync” when customizing their order/package.  Existing customers can add Mobile Sync using the “Upgrade Wizard” in their account administration area.

Read more: Mobile Sync at LuxSci.

Please contact LuxSci Sales if you have any questions.

Mobile Device Synchronization and Push Email have Arrived at LuxSci

Friday, December 10th, 2010

LuxSci now offers Basic Mobile Sync and Premium Mobile Sync.  These synchronization services enable:

  • Real-time two-way synchronization of Calendar, Contact, and Tasks between LuxSci WebAides and Mobile devices
  • Push Email for real time notifications of new email
  • Compatibile with any mobile device that supports Exchange / ActiveSync.  This includes: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, Windows Mobile, Palm Pre/Pixi, and BlackBerry*
  • HIPAA-compliant security, when used with a LuxSci HIPAA account, adds mobile synchronization for any user, even if sensitive data is present in email, calendars, contacts, or tasks.
  • The same level of security can also be had in non-HIPAA accounts by using SecureLine and appropriate security settings.
  • Beta: Mobile Sync services are now in “Beta” and not yet available for purchase.  The Beta testing period is expected to end sometime in January, 2011.  If you are interested being a Beta tester and using this service before then, please Contact Sales.

For complete details on the features included with this servce, see our Mobile Sync Service page.

*BlackBerry support requires the purchase of a third party app, as BlackBerry is the only major mobile device without support for over-the-air synchronization with Exchange.

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