E-mail Word docs or other files from your desktop PC to your mobile device

Why do this? You might be having problems with ActiveSync/Mobile Device Center, or you might be in a hurry and want to avoid the bother of connecting your device to your PC, opening Explorer, and copying and pasting files. Whatever the reason, it’s quick and easy to open your PC’s e-mail program, attach a file to an e-mail, and send it to yourself. If you have a phone-enabled device, you can access your e-mail from your carrier’s network. Another option is to send the e-mail to your Hotmail or Gmail account.

Optimizing your Yahoo mail account

Read Werner Ruotsalainen discuss how to optimize a Yahoo mail account for Pocket PCs with the use of POP3, HTTP, or WAP accounts here.

Accessing IMAP4 mail servers on the Pocket PC

Werner Ruotsalainen discusses the advantages of using IMAP4 to access your e-mail and the third-party applications that allow you to do so, such as FlexMail 2007 and Qmail. Click here for the article.

How to send HTML e-mails from your Pocket PC

Werner Ruotsalainen recommends using the program Qmail. Read his description of the process.

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E-mail clients for Pocket PCs

Read Werner Ruotsalainen’s updated roundup of e-mail clients for Pocket PCs here.

Free push e-mail solution for Windows Mobile

Emoze is a FREE push e-mail solution for Windows Mobile devices as well as other mobile devices. I’ve tried it and it works great. The installation process is very simple: all you have to do is enter the Web site and install it according to your device model. Emoze synchronizes Outlook’s Inbox, Calendar, Contacts, and Tasks with full support of attachments. If you want to try it, go to emoze.com. (Emoze is based on Exchange Server 2003.

How to enable Direct Push Technology

By configuring your device to synchronize “As items arrive” you can receive messages almost instantly while using much less battery power and bandwidth with Microsoft Exchange Direct Push Technology. E-mail is then automatically downloaded to the device from the Exchange Server over the air (OTA) through your wireless service account or other connected means.
  • Direct Push Technology: A technology that offers the instant delivery of messages to your Windows Mobile device over the air (OTA) through your wireless service account.
  • Exchange Server: A messaging and collaborative software product developed by Microsoft that is widely used by enterprises.
  • Messaging & Security and Feature Pack: An update to the Microsoft Windows Mobile 5 platform to support Direct Push Technology and enhanced security features. These features are included with all Windows Mobile 6 devices.
In the past, before Direct Push Technology, devices were required to connect with the server at specified time intervals or they were triggered by SMS messages to re-sync using ActiveSync. This required a lot of system resources, notably bandwidth (needed to remotely connect the mobile device to the server) and battery life (needed to constantly run these lengthy synching processes). Direct Push Technology saves battery life and bandwidth by maintaining an open Internet connection and only downloading items as they change, instead of executing a lengthy synching process. The open Internet connection may be achieved in a number of ways: through connection to the ActiveSync cradle, through the wireless phone service itself (the device does not even have to be in active mode) or by Wi-Fi (the Wi-Fi connection must be open).
The Direct Push Technology protocols have been included in Windows Mobile 6 and through updates to the Windows Mobile 5 operating system for each specific device. They can be installed by running Microsoft’s “Messaging and Security Feature Pack” which upgrades the mobile device’s OS to the latest version.

Tasks hidden in e-mail

A fact of life for the mobile worker is that he/she gets a lot of tasks that are buried inside of e-mails. For example, you might receive an e-mail that contains the statement “Prepare a summary of budget status for next staff meeting.” The problem is that this e-mail may be lumped in with fifty other e-mails, some of which require other actions and some of which are just junk.