UK mobile app developer FlyingSpark Ltd begs to differ from the recent claim by Symbian Ltd that it is ahead of Microsoft Inc in providing a push email client for Exchange.
The claim was made by Simon Garth, VP of marketing at Cambridge-based Symbian, in conversation with Computer Business Review at the consortium’s recent Symbian Smartphone Show in London. Garth said the push email capability being announced for Service Pack 3 of Exchange 2003 was already available in the ActiveSync-enabled RoadSync client for Symbian phones from DataViz Inc, another mobile app developer. In other words, the first push email client for Exchange is available on Symbian, not Windows Mobile, he said.
However, Wokingham-based FlyingSpark has pointed out that it has been providing push email based on the predecessors to Windows Mobile: Pocket PC or Windows CE, for over three years. FlyingSpark’s Wireless E-mail & PIM is for all mobile workers, not just senior executives, the ISV said. Other applications can be supplemented with FlyingSpark Wireless E-mail & PIM to provide real-time mobile messaging. Users can read and send messages, open and work on attachments, manage calendar appointments and manage message subfolders, just as they do in the office.
FlyingSpark also said its system enables attachments to emails to be opened automatically in the appropriate application: Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, Pocket PowerPoint (Windows Mobile 5.0), or Adobe Reader.