Xandros is licensing key communications protocols from new best friend Microsoft on email and collaboration - areas where they compete. The open source specialist will implement Microsoft's ActiveSync and Outlook-Exchange Transport protocols, enabling over-the-air synchronization of email and calendaring between mobile devices …
From my experience with ActiveSync in my $DAYJOB's IT shop, I'd have to say it's a nightmare for system administrators; the version that came with our CEO's "smart"phone (and I use the term "smart" in the Marketing sense - it's certainly an idiotic design) required the user to have local administrative rights before it would allow him to sync. It also frequently disabled itself, requiring a reinstall.
Xandros may well find this puts them in a more competitive position vis-a-vis Microsoft shops, but they won't be getting in here. It's bad enough having the "real" MS wares; we don't need a knockoff of that crap as a replacement.
Not Defending Microsoft in anyway
Activesync isnt that much of a nightmare, i deal with it day in and day out, and i think what they licensed is most likely "exchange activesync" which is entirely different from the desktop version, its the protocol that allows phones to sync remotely over the air. and if thats the case, its a smart move. so many smartphones out there today, its a very smart move...
...actually works pretty well. Please, anything but that Blackberry b0llocks.
ActiveSync basically sucks balls, the latest version is so slow.
I dropped it in favour Funambol quite a while ago, which allows me to sync all of my devices as long as I have an internet connection. Still forced to use ActiveSync to install apps, but I guess I could sync over the cab files and run the install that way to be totally free of it.