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Microsoft Takes Wraps Off 'BlackBerry Killer'

Touting what it calls "direct push technology," Microsoft claims that Windows Mobile 5.0 will support direct wireless connections between mobile devices and Microsoft Exchange Server.

Microsoft Monday took the wraps off the push e-mail technology that includes capabilities that will compete directly with always-on e-mail capabilities from vendors such as Research In Motion and Good Technology.

The company said at the Microsoft TechEd 2005 conference in Orlando that its Messaging and Security Feature Pack for the forthcoming Windows Mobile 5.0 update will include what it calls "direct push technology." That technology will connect mobile devices directly with Exchange server without additional server software, the company said in a statement.

Support will include the direct transfer of all information managed by Exchange Server, according the company. In addition, users will be able to remotely look up contact information stored on Exchange Server, Microsoft said in a statement. That will enable third-party software vendors to create applications that access that information, according to Microsoft.

The built-in support will also enable transfer and view richly-formatted Word, Excel and PowerPoint files, according to Microsoft. Microsoft said the Messaging and Security Feature Pack also will simplify IT management of device security policies.

Microsoft initially announced the Windows Mobile 5.0 upgrade last month. Devices based on the platform are expected later this year.

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