Nokia is to give up on corporate email and pushed applications, leaving all that to third-party companies while it concentrates on selling push email to ordinary punters. The moment RIM proved that push email was such an important gateway into corporations, everyone started furiously developing competing services while carefully …
Let push email be fair game...
The article was sounding great until the bit at the end about Google and Apple having the consumer 'push email' market sewn up... It is still not possible to get push email on your iPhone from your own domain name (unless you happen to have an Exchange server, which as a consumer is unlikely) - Mobile Me only works with me.com addresses and Google still doesn't have a native push email solution.
Heck there doesn't even seem to be a push email standard!
'Push' Email... the Emperor's New Clothes
It's like TV detector vans, which never actually existed. One of the best-kept secrets in IT is that you don't actually need a huge, bloated server and specialist technology. Hellfire, you can even do it with IMAP.
It's a cost-effective alternative to Exchange - there are a number of providers who will sell you a single mailbox using your own domain...
There are good alternatives out there
OpenHand has been competing with Intellisync for a long time and is a powerful alternative for those who are left out in the cold. It allows access for Nokia (and WM, Palm and J2ME) handsets to Exchange, Domino, Communigate and other backend servers but also gives access to files on backend servers, custom applications, etc. Nokia users should therefore not have to worry about the future.
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