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ActiveSync is a mobile data synchronization app developed by Microsoft, originally released in 1996. It synchronizes data with handheld devices and desktop computers. In the Windows Task Manager, the associated process is called wcescomm.exe.
ActiveSync 4.5 on Windows XP
|Initial release||September 10, 1996|
4.5.5096 / February 13, 2007
|Operating system||Windows 9x, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP|
|Replaced by||Windows Mobile Device Center and Zune Software|
ActiveSync allows a mobile device to be synchronized with either a desktop PC or a server running a compatible software product including Microsoft Exchange Server, Axigen, Horde, IceWarp Server, Kerio Connect, Kolab, Novell GroupWise, Tine 2.0, Scalix, Zarafa/Kopano via Z-push, or Zimbra.
On desktops, ActiveSync synchronizes emails, calendar, contacts and tasks with Microsoft Outlook, along with Internet bookmarks and files. ActiveSync does not support all features of Outlook. For instance, contacts grouped into subfolders are not transferred. Only the contacts which are not in a subfolder are synchronized. In case of Exchange Server, only emails, calendar, contacts and tasks may be synchronized.
ActiveSync also provides for the manual transfer of files to a mobile device, along with limited backup functionality, and the ability to install and uninstall mobile device applications.
Supported mobile devices include PDAs or smartphones running Windows Mobile, Windows CE, or BlackBerry 10 or iPhone but not the older BlackBerry versions, Palm OS and Symbian platforms. Windows Phone 7 doesn't support desktop ActiveSync synchronization.
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