Third-Party Wireless Email Middleware Will Go Away

Third-party wireless email middleware will go away in a couple of years. Today's solutions are a stopgap -- in the future, the functionality will be incorporated into the email server.

Microsoft is already doing this with Exchange 2007 and has its sights directly aimed at the likes of RIM (makers of the BlackBerry).

Some vendors will go the standards-based route with their server products using push messaging and PIM standards such as P-IMAP, LEMONADE, SyncML, iCalendar, and CalDAV. With the majority of phones supporting one or more of those standards out of the box, there's going to be limited demand for an additional layer of middleware. Such middleware just adds unnecessary cost, complexity, and unreliability.

... David Ferris, with thanks to Rockliffe's John Davies

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