Right now the big players in having email pushed to you, as opposed to you have to pulling it from an email server is of course Blackberry maker RIM and Good Technology. This week Microsoft will make push email available for mobile devices. What does this mean to you? If you are running Windows on a mobile device you can expect faster and smoother email reception – on demand – on your mobile device.
Cnet writes Push e-mail gets forwarded to a device as it comes in on the server, as opposed to pull e-mail, in which a user has to manually retrieve e-mail or get it at a certain time.
Microsoft has been promising push e-mail for some time, but it has taken awhile to get all the pieces in place. The technology was made possible by combining devices running Windows Mobile 5 with servers using Exchange 2003 Service Pack 2. The final piece, a messaging and security service pack, was shipped last year, but had yet to show up on devices in the market.
The software maker said that a number of carriers, including Amena, Chungwa Telecom, Cingular Wireless, Orange, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and Vodafone are offering free upgrades for customers that will allow them to get the “Direct Push” e-mail abilities as well as new security features.