Mobile middleware vendor Commtag has launched updated software that it claims gives O2’s XDA email functionality on a par with Research In Motion’s BlackBerry.
The latest version of the Cambridge, UK-based company’s Duality Enterprise allows Microsoft Pocket PC 2002 Phone Edition-based devices – such as the XDA and Hewlett-Packard’s latest Jornada 928 – to receive pushed email from corporate Microsoft Exchange servers over GPRS connections.
Changes made to email on the device are automatically reflected on the server, and message attachments can also be viewed if required, functions reminiscent of Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM’s trailblazing BlackBerry.
Commtag CEO Geoffrey Baird believes the update makes the XDA and its ilk genuine RIM competitors for the first time, with initial higher cost more than compensated for by the richer environment and greater overall functionality of Pocket PC devices over the BlackBerry.
[RIM] has slashed prices on its devices at the moment as it’s finding it hard to sell them, he said. Customers are already committing to Pocket PC as it’s more extendable and offers more management software. Companies don’t want to support two devices [when one will do].
Commtag intends to support further mobile device platforms in Duality Enterprise once they achieve significant market acceptance. Baird listed Symbian OS, Palm OS 5, Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME) and Microsoft Windows Powered Smartphone 2002 as among the likely candidates. Other messaging platforms, such as Lotus Domino, will also be added to the mix in future upgrades.