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Microsoft Exchange/ActiveSync on HTC EVO, Android 2.1

Journeyman

Microsoft Exchange/ActiveSync on HTC EVO, Android 2.1

I have heard various things about if and how well a business user can access corporate email from Android phones.  It seems this was a real challenge in 1.5 and has improved with Android 2.1 but still may have some issues.  I currently use a Treo 800w with MS Windows Mobile 6.1.  I run Active Sync and had to load some digital certificates (PKI) to my device for security/encryption.  Is this possible to do with the HTC EVO 4G with Android 2.1?  Quite frankly, this concern is the ONLY reason I haven't pre-ordered an EVO yet.

Also, I have heard that while Exchange mail is improving on Android there are still major issues with calendar, task, etc. syncing from Microsoft Exchange.  Is this true and do I have to wait for Android 2.2 to provide this?  I wonder if Google's recent announcement that it's abandoning MS Windows company-wide will reduce cooperation and impact things like Exchange/Outlook integration.

Thanks to all who reply.

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Journeyman

Re: Microsoft Exchange/ActiveSync on HTC EVO, Android 2.1

I have no answer for you, but I wonder many of the same things.

I do not own an Android device yet - although I have pre-ordered the Evo.  I am currently using a Blackberry which handles exchange very nicely - however, email is the only thing I really like about it.

I tried to help a guy over the phone with setting up his Droid (2.1) on our Exchange server and after trying several times to provide the server DNS host name as well as IP... even the IP and port for Outlook Web Access... I simply could not get the phone to communicate with the server.  We do not have SSL certificate on our Exchange server and I don't know if that makes a difference.

Hopefully once I have an Android phone in my hand and can try a few things, I'll be able to get it set up with our Exchange server.  If I can, I will be recommending Android to many of our employees.

I'm very interested to hear if anyone has set up their Android device to work properly with Exchange Server (2003 for me).  Especially if they do not use SSL Certificates.

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Re: Microsoft Exchange/ActiveSync on HTC EVO, Android 2.1

1.5 did not have Exchange support. 

2.1 has native Exchange support.

I've been using the Hero by HTC with Exhcnage 2007 (SSL secured) and it worked OK on 1.5 with the HTC mail client; now on 2.1 it works *great*.

Another option is to buy the Touchdown email client - it's a superior Exchange sync client, with loads of features.  They offer an 3 day trial period to see if it works for you and your server setup.

Journeyman

Re: Microsoft Exchange/ActiveSync on HTC EVO, Android 2.1

I'm an IT Manager at my company, and we have our Exchange/Blackberry Enterprise environment, and we also provide this as a solution for other companies as well as exchange support/services.   This type of question comes up a lot... The truth is, if your the type of person who lives around your exchange environment (ie. Email, Contacts, Calender - Especially Calender) and you like the security features of the Blackberry where you can lock & wipe a device if you lose it, etc.  - Your going to want to stay with a Blackberry.  The only other phone that has pushed hard into this area was the newer iPhone's and Windows Mobile devices, but even then you won't have the same reliability and experience as you would with a Blackberry Device, so your going to want to remain with one.

ALTHOUGH, if your work experience with a Cell-Phone is more geared towards E-Mail only, then frankly any device will be fine with you, although we always recommend Blackberry & Windows Mobile devices above all else, the Android phones are more than Capable in handling this as well, but if your a person that's job revolves around all aspects of what exchange does for you, your going to want to stick with Blackberry's above all.

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Journeyman

Re: Microsoft Exchange/ActiveSync on HTC EVO, Android 2.1

drexeldude wrote:

I'm an IT Manager at my company, and we have our Exchange/Blackberry Enterprise environment, and we also provide this as a solution for other companies as well as exchange support/services.   This type of question comes up a lot... The truth is, if your the type of person who lives around your exchange environment (ie. Email, Contacts, Calender - Especially Calender) and you like the security features of the Blackberry where you can lock & wipe a device if you lose it, etc.  - Your going to want to stay with a Blackberry.  The only other phone that has pushed hard into this area was the newer iPhone's and Windows Mobile devices, but even then you won't have the same reliability and experience as you would with a Blackberry Device, so your going to want to remain with one.

ALTHOUGH, if your work experience with a Cell-Phone is more geared towards E-Mail only, then frankly any device will be fine with you, although we always recommend Blackberry & Windows Mobile devices above all else, the Android phones are more than Capable in handling this as well, but if your a person that's job revolves around all aspects of what exchange does for you, your going to want to stick with Blackberry's above all.

Drexeldude,

I appreciate your take here.  I do rely heavily on my exchange environment - primarily email and calendar... not so much for contacts or tasks.  As stated before, I am currently using a Blackberry that functions flawlessly with exchange.  In preparation for the Evo - I have been using Google Calendar Sync for the past several weeks and it seems to be working perfectly.  If I can get my email and google calendar reflects my exchange calendar then I will be fine.  I'm just worried that Android will require a SSL cert on our server to communicate directly with exchange and as big as the Evo screen is, I do NOT want to be forced to use Outlook Web Access on my phone.

Out of curiosity - given your field of work and providing exchange support and services for other companies, are you going to carry an Evo (or other Android device) in addition to a Blackberry or WinMo phone?  While the Exchange user in me loves how the Blackberry handles email - the geek in me hates the limitations of Blackberry and WinMo.

Journeyman

Re: Microsoft Exchange/ActiveSync on HTC EVO, Android 2.1

Thanks for all the replies so far.

So, it sounds like if my primary need is email I should be fine using the Exchange features of Android 2.1 on the EVO.  But, other functions such as contacts, calendar, etc. are not so well supported at this time in the 2.1 version.  Question regarding email - My company requires me to have a cert (PKI) on my current phone to allow them to enforce password policies and get my email.  Would that work on the EVO running Android 2.1?  Does it support encrypted email, etc.?

Thanks again.  Good discussion.

Journeyman

Re: Microsoft Exchange/ActiveSync on HTC EVO, Android 2.1

can't wait for the new EVO and all the bells and whistles at 4G speeds and 1G/hz!!!

Journeyman

Re: Microsoft Exchange/ActiveSync on HTC EVO, Android 2.1

If i reply to my own thread, does that increase my postings to upgrade my rating? I've been with Sprint since '98 and want SOME credibility now that the website is more user friendly!

Journeyman

Re: Microsoft Exchange/ActiveSync on HTC EVO, Android 2.1

I guess that answers that question!!

Journeyman

Re: Microsoft Exchange/ActiveSync on HTC EVO, Android 2.1

I got the Evo today (June 4).  I'm running Exhchange Server 2003 and using Outlook 2007 & Windows 7. Sync works with Calendar, Email, and Contacts !

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