New ActiveSync – still not going to upgrade to it. – Tales from the Crypto

New ActiveSync – still not going to upgrade to it.

Microsoft just released a new version of ActiveSync – version 4.2.


It has some Outlook improvements, proxy improvements, partnership improvements, and VPN connectivity improvements.


So why am I still not going to bother installing this?


Because it still doesn’t support syncing via wireless.


I’m sticking with ActiveSync 3.8, which allows syncing via wireless and/or VPN.


Isn’t that unsecure? Yes, but it works, and I need it to work. I generally don’t carry my sync cable with me, and I generally don’t plug in except to charge – and then, I just want to charge, and may be away from my sync partner.


How difficult is it for Microsoft to write an ActiveSync tool that exchanges a huge shared key (or certificate, whatever they feel is most appropriate), to securely identify a sync partner, so that wireless and VPN network synchronisation can be securely supported? I must be missing something, because it doesn’t seem that hard to me.

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