Mail For Exchange 3.0 for Nokia delivers HTML and folder support

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 14-Feb-2010 20:35

If you are a Nokia phone user and use a Microsoft Exchange based email solution odds are you use MfE (Mail for Exchange) for your email. Newer Nokia handsets use Nokia Messaging, but for the large majority of users out there MfE is the only option as the standalone Nokia Messaging application does not support Microsoft Exchange.

For many years MfE has been severly limited with two major contraints - lack of folder support and no support for HTML, two features that were serious downfalls for devices such as the E71 that were targeted at email users.

The good news is that in recent days Nokia have released a brand new V3.0 release of Mail for Exchange. Included in the release is support for both HTML and support for folders in your inbox.

There is still no mention of this software of the official MfE website but it's available for download from Ovi Store.

I've been running this on my E71 for the last few hours and while it's still not a perfect solution it's finally great to be able to have access to features that should have been part of the software many years ago!



EDIT: There have been numerous people comment and also contact me saying that they can't find the HTML option. I can assure you that HTML viewing IS THERE!!!

If you have an HTML email click on options and there is a menu item saying view as HTML.


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Comment by steviant, on 14-Feb-2010 21:30

Sadly (for me at least) this update fails to sync with the Google and lets out a loud beep and pops up a dialog about every 30 seconds to make sure you don't forget.

People using MfE for gmail push should make sure they keep an installer for the last version handy when upgrading in case this problem is endemic.


Comment by nzbnw, on 14-Feb-2010 22:33

Your right, it's not perfect, but I'm still glad I can now access my folders :) It's still downloading my emails now, at 550 and counting, hope it doesn't stuff up my contacts as it has done in the past! 
Thanks for the heads up Steve!


Comment by Aaroona, on 16-Feb-2010 22:14

Maybe I'm just dumb. But, I don't see any benefits with this "Folder support" I can't actually see my other folders. The only ones that are visible is: -inbox -sent -rss feeds - junk and something else. Not even close to what I have.


Comment by Aaroona, on 16-Feb-2010 22:15

Oh, and I dont see any HTML emails either.. HMM. Im on the E71.


Author's note by sbiddle, on 17-Feb-2010 06:48

Folders are all there. Every folder within your inbox appears on the handset and you can choose whether to sync it or not. If you don't sync it it has a (x) next to it. HTML is also there, you click on view as HTML in the menu. There doesn't appear to be a way to view as HTML by default like there is with Nokia Messaging.


Comment by Roberto, on 17-Feb-2010 23:12

When MfE 3.0 will support Nokia N97? Thank you, Roberto


Author's note by sbiddle, on 18-Feb-2010 06:53

You don't need MfE for your N97.

It has Nokia Messaging which is a replacement for MfE and the old Mail program and does far more.


Comment by Rafael Converso, on 20-Feb-2010 07:41

"HTML is also there, you click on view as HTML in the menu." Where? I searched the menus but couldn´t find...


Comment by Rafael Converso, on 20-Feb-2010 08:07

... and nothing appears when I open a HTML e-mail...


Author's note by sbiddle, on 20-Feb-2010 08:15

No idea where you're looking when when you open an email there is an option in the menu to view as HTMl.


Comment by cnsiva@ovi.com, on 20-Feb-2010 10:58

I don't see a menu item to enable HTML view. Inbox folders are available, but there is no HTML view. I am using Nokia E71


Comment by SJ, on 9-Mar-2010 01:52

Same here. No HTML on my E71. Only in the "sent messages" there is a HTML feature, which does nothing at all when I hit it. But no HTML in my MfE 3.0. Another bad thing is that there is no "pop-up" when U get a mail delivered straight to a sub-folder. Only the @-icon in the top right corner of screen. Then U have to look all your folders through to find the little red star, which indicates a new mail. Anyone got a comment on this? SJ


Comment by SockyJam, on 11-Mar-2010 20:06

HTML is there!!!!!!!! Because some of your exchange account is set as "disable HTML". That depends on your server. If you use your own company's exchange account, this may work. Active Sync protocol said it. And another reason is, maybe that email you want to open is not HTML format, it's just a plain text format or rich text format. You can check it. The most possible reason is still your account setting. That can only be changed by server admin. Maybe admin want to keep efficiency of the server, he disable so many features of exchange server. That's reasonable.


Comment by SockyJam, on 11-Mar-2010 20:11

HTML is there!!!!!!!!
Because some of your exchange account is set as "disable HTML". That depends on your server.
If you use your own company's exchange account, this may work.
Active Sync protocol said it.

And another reason is, maybe that email you want to open is not HTML format, it's just a plain text format or rich text format. You can check it.

The most possible reason is still your account setting. That can only be changed by server admin. Maybe admin want to keep efficiency of the server, he disable so many features of exchange server. That's reasonable.


Comment by SJ, on 12-Mar-2010 07:49

Thank You very much, SockyJam. Will try this! SJ


Comment by teaberry, on 12-Mar-2010 18:29

I have an N97mini and downloaded MfE 3.0, but I am unable to view sub-folders in INBOX. Can someone please direct me how? Nokia Messaging doesn't give me option to connect to my exchange server. This phone is ALMOST perfect for me if I can get sub-folders working. TIA.


Comment by pichebabu, on 16-Mar-2010 23:56

Hi teaberry, MfE 3.0 is as of now not available for N97 cause it is S60 5th edition phone. MfE is available only for S60 3.1 edition nokia phones.


Comment by SJ, on 18-Mar-2010 01:17

Still no HTML on my E71. On no e-mails at all. (Some of them must have been sent in HTML.) And no pop-up when mails are delievered straight to folders. Only pop-op when mails are delievered ti inbox. Sad! SJ


Comment by Stuart Scott, on 27-Mar-2010 04:15

Hi, does anyone else not really need the folder support, I want it off the phone (E71) I setup our latest E71 for a new user and now he has to search past all the folders to finally get to his email, does nayone know if you can disable the folders and only see the simple inbox like we have on all our other phones?


Comment by rufus, on 13-Apr-2010 00:26

HI Have N97. Exchange email was set up by IT guys today and works well. However, outlook inbox has subfolders and cant see it on phone. Only emails received from persons for which no rule was created. Can anyone help?


Comment by manmohan, on 29-Apr-2010 22:55

I installed MfE 3.0, and since though I can see all sub-folders under email Inbox, MfE is not downloading email that comes directly to my Inbox. Also if I put a rule to copy mails to a sub-folder that can copy from Inbox to a sub-folder, the issue is those new mails notifications are not shown on the home screen. Any clue or help is appreciated. Thanks.


Comment by DP, on 12-Jun-2010 09:46

SockyJam said: "Because some of your exchange account is set as "disable HTML". That depends on your server." Can you gurus please direct me where in the exchange account you find setting "disable HTML"? I open Exchange Features on my domain account, and I have "provide message body in HTML" property selected on IMAP4 protocol. However I still can not see my messages in HTML and have no option in the menu. Why does it have to be so much pain to show something in HTML by default? Sounds like stone age, Nokia! Thanks.


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