Microsoft is apparently looking to integrate Windows Mobile more tightly with the Windows computing experience. The newly available Exchange Server 2010 beta has shed some light on an upcoming Windows Mobile 6.5 feature – the ability to synchronize and archive all SMS text messages on the Exchange Server! Never again will you have to worry about losing important text messages or having to scroll through endless text-convos just to find a phone number.
Exchange 2010 will automatically archive SMS text messages sent from your Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone, making it easy to search through them at any time. And, we’re also hearing that Microsoft Outlook Web Access will be able to send outgoing SMS text messages, without having to tap a single button on your WM6.5 handset – the technology will presumably use the same message-synchronizing paradigms that allows Exchange to keep track of all text messages sent from the cellphone.
Add to that some seriously customizable Windows Mobile themes and plug-ins, as well as a dash of finger-optimized UI, and Windows Mobile 6.5 has the makings of a fine smartphone OS. Unfortunately, it probably won’t win over more than a fraction of the hearts and minds already yearning for the new iPhone, Palm Pre or HTC Magic.
Exchange Server 2010 beta details here.