Windows Phone 7 RTM – Exchange ActiveSync

Windows Phone 7 reached RTM a couple of weeks ago, but it wasn’t publicly available until yesterday (September 16) when the RTM developer tools were released. The developer tools include an emulator running the RTM build, and I thought I could use it for some testing and write down some of the things learned.

The thing I don’t quite understand is that even now the emulator is locked – you can only access Internet Explorer and the apps you deploy yourself. No chance playing around with all the features.

If you do a little Internet search with the word “unlocked” included you will of course find an emulator image that does not have these restrictions. By default it has a rather neutral theme:
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I do not know why, but Microsoft has decided not to include any features requiring accounts so you are not able to test ActiveSync in the emulator (or Facebook, etc). This also goes for the unlocked image, and from what I read over at the Windows Phone MSDN forums you will need a physical device for these features.

Fret not, I have access to a developer device also running RTM, and I did some testing with that to see if I could get it working with Exchange.

The device unsurprisingly has no problems connecting to Exchange 2010 SP1, but it “only” supports EAS version 14.0 (Exchange 2010 RTM) at this time. I’m guessing they didn’t have time to support 14.1 since Service Pack 1 for 2010 just RTMed itself. The rest:
Device type: WP
Device OS: Windows Phone7.0.7003
User agent: MSFT-WP/7.0.7003

Since I want to test out features like IRM OTA (reading RMS-protected mails without cradling) this is a shame, though I must admit I do not need this on a daily basis. (Chicken and egg kind of problem. If I was able to put it into a working infrastructure maybe I would use it…) Still easily a month before we see devices being available for purchase so we might see an update before that if we’re lucky. Windows Phone 7 should support FOTA (firmware over the air) so I’m not really worried so far about this not becoming available when it’s ready.

Not that much more to report on ActiveSync at the moment I guess – on to testing other features 🙂

23. November 2010: Update – I’ve posted an article with some more details on Windows Phone 7 vs Exchange:
http://mobilitydojo.net/2010/11/23/windows-phone-7-more-on-exchange-activesync-support/

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