Windows phone 7. Is it a game changer? new paradigm? No. I own one. I’ve just moved from an iPhone 3G. Is it better than it? too early to say honestly. iPhone’s have had the luxury to evolve their platform over time. This is still RTM of WP7. I think the interface is fantastic and the “flow” of it refreshing. I do hate how few apps there are still. I expect this to improve over time as it has for the Droids. For that reason alone I still keep my old iPhone handy for certain things Sad smile 

The WP7 devices are consumer focused. I expect they’ll be ready for prime time in the enterprise soon as it evolves as has the iPhone. One of the things that shocked me was the serious limitations on the EAS policy features for WP7. Another being the NO local sync for non-cloud mail based users. My wife was personally affected by this. One of the reasons she stayed with the iPhone 4

Uber blogger extraordinaire Paul Thurrott (twitter @thurrott) expounds on what has been removed and what is really left when it comes to EAS support on WP7. The article “Windows Phone 7 and Exchange Activesync” can also be found on his WP7 primary page of or his other site

Below is a tidbit of what Paul reports..

What is left?

Its important to note that Windows Phone 7 devices only support a subset of the Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) policies available with Exchange 2003, Exchange 2007, and Exchange 2010. Currently, Windows Phone 7 supports the following EAS policies:

  • Password Required
  • Minimum Password Length
  • Idle Timeout Frequency Value
  • Device Wipe Threshold
  • Allow Simple Password
  • Password Expiration
  • Password History
  • Disable Removable Storage
  • Disable IrDA
  • Disable Desktop Sync
  • Block Remote Desktop
  • Block Internet Sharing

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