Palm, Inc. has announced a software update for the Palm Treo 700w smartphone that will enable the Windows Mobile Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP), which includes Direct Push Technology. The free update, which is expected to be available later this month, gives Treo 700w smartphone users fast, automatic wireless updates of their email, calendar items, contacts and tasks, allowing IT managers to deliver this information directly from Exchange Server 2003 SP2.
Direct Push email increases the number of choices for enterprise customers looking to deploy secure, push mobile email solutions on the Palm Treo platform. This solution allows businesses to increase productivity by satisfying the real-time information needs of mobile professionals, without having to spend additional IT budget on new email servers or licensing fees.
The Treo 700w smartphone is based on the design of the Treo 600 and Treo 650 smartphones, but running Microsoft's Windows Mobile OS instead of the traditional Palm OS.
It is also the first Treo smartphone to take advantage of Verizon Wireless' high-speed wireless broadband service on its CDMA EV-DO network.
In addition to Direct Push, other features of the MSFP are an over-the-air lookup of a company's Exchange Global Address List (GAL), and added security features for IT administrators, such as over-the-air device password policy enforcement and remote wipe of the device in case it is lost or stolen
The update for the Treo 700w will be available later this month as a free download and included in subsequent Treo 700w smartphones and future Treo smartphones based on Windows Mobile.