Microsoft Vista and the disappearance of ActiveSync

Instead of a new version of ActiveSync, Microsoft has introduced a new Windows Mobile Device Center to Windows Vista Beta 2. Essentially, the device drivers are now part of Vista. This new feature works like ActiveSync but comes with additional features. It will let you browse your device, synchronize media using Windows Media Player, full sync capability with Outlook (including OneNote 2007 Mobile), and even play media files and view pictures and documents directly from the device. Connection will be possible through Bluetooth, USB or Infrared.

Let’s hope that the Windows Mobile Device Center was built from scratch, rather than on top of ActiveSync.

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