Comparison of Exchange ActiveSync clients

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Comparison table of Exchange ActiveSync clients14
Company Microsoft Microsoft Microsoft Microsoft Microsoft Apple BlackBerry BlackBerry Nokia Nokia Google Google Google Notify Corp. Palm MailSite Software Inc. NitroDesk Thursby Software
Product Windows Mobile[1] Windows Mobile[2] Windows Phone[3] Windows Phone[4] Windows Phone[5] iPhone/ iPod (iOS)[6] BlackBerry 10[7] BlackBerry 10[8] Mail for Exchange (Symbian)[9] Mail for Exchange (Maemo 5) Android Android Android NotifySync[10] WebOS (Pre/Pixi)[11] AstraSync[12] TouchDown for Android and iOS PKard Mail for iOS[13]
Version 6.1 6.5 7.0 7.5
Mango
8.0 5.0 10.0 10.2 3.0.50 PR 1.2 2.2, 2.3[14] 3.0, 3.1
Honeycomb
4.0
Ice Cream
Sandwich
4.10 1.4.5 4.1 7.3 1.0
Exchange ActiveSync 2.5 - Exchange Server 2003 SP2
Features:
Direct Push Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Email sync Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Calendar sync Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes9 Yes Yes No
Contacts sync Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Tasks Sync Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes No Yes No
Remote wipe Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes11 No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Sync multiple folders Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
GAL lookup Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes2 Yes2 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes8 Yes Yes Yes
SSL encrypted transmission Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Policies:
4131 Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Yes Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
4136 Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Yes Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
AE Frequency Value Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Yes Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Device Wipe Threshold Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown Yes Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Minimum Password Length Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown Yes Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Password Complexity Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown Yes Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Exchange ActiveSync 12.0 - Exchange Server 2007
Features:
User started remote wipe (server side) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes11 No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Link Access Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
HTML email Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Server Search Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes No No No Yes No
Set Out of Facility/Office (OOF) Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes No No Yes No
Follow-up flags Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes15 Yes15 Yes15 Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Meeting attendee information Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
PIN reset Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No Yes No No Yes Yes
AutoDiscover Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Bandwidth reduction Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes19 Yes No Yes19 Yes
Policies:
Allow attachment download (client side) Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes No17 No No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Maximum attachment size Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No No No Yes No
Enable password recovery Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No Yes No No Yes N/A
Allow simple password Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes N/A
Password expiration (days) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes N/A
Enforce password history Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes N/A
Encrypt storage card Yes Yes No No No N/A Yes Yes No No No No Yes24 No No No Yes22 No
Exchange ActiveSync 12.1 - Exchange Server 2007 SP1
Features:
Cancel remote wipe (server side) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Remote wipe confirmation N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Default mobile policy (server side) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Bandwidth reductions (compressed/removed headers) Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes28 Yes28 Yes No No No No No No No Yes Yes
S/MIME13 Yes Yes No No Unknown Yes Yes27 Yes27 No No No No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Policies:
Disable desktop ActiveSync Yes Yes Yes18 Yes18 Unknown N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Disable removable storage Yes Yes Yes18 Yes18 Unknown N/A No Yes N/A N/A No No No No N/A No Yes23 N/A
Disable camera Yes Yes No No No Yes No No No No No No Yes No No No No No
Disable SMS text messaging Yes Yes No No No No No Yes No No No No No No No No No No
Disable Wi-Fi Yes Yes No No No No No Yes No No No No No No No No No No
Disable Bluetooth Yes Yes No No No No No Yes No No No No No No No No No N/A
Disable IrDA Yes Yes Yes18 Yes18 No N/A N/A N/A No No No No No No N/A No No N/A
Allow internet sharing from device Yes Yes Yes18 Yes18 No No No Yes No No No No No No No No No No
Allow desktop sharing from device Yes Yes Yes18 Yes18 No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Disable POP3/IMAP4 email Yes Yes No No No No No Yes No No No No No No No No No No
Allow consumer email Yes Yes No No No No No Yes No No No No No No No No No No
Allow browser Yes Yes No No No Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No
Allow unsigned applications Yes Yes No No No N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Allow unsigned CABs Yes Yes No No No N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Application allow list Yes Yes No No No N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Application block list Yes Yes No No No N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Require signed S/MIME messages Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No Yes
Require encrypted S/MIME messages Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No Yes
Require signed S/MIME algorithm Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Require encrypted S/MIME algorithm Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Allow S/MIME encrypted algorithm negotiation Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Allow S/MIME SoftCerts Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Device encryption enabled Yes Yes No No Yes Yes16 Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes
Require device encryption Yes Yes No No Yes Yes16 Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes21 No No Yes24 Yes
Minimum number of complex characters Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes N/A
Configure message formats (HTML or plain text) Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No Yes No Yes Yes No
Include past email items (Days) Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes25 Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Email body truncation size (KB) Yes Yes No No No No No No Yes No No No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
HTML email body truncation size (KB) Yes Yes No No No No No No Yes No No No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Include past calendar items (Days) Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes25 Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Require manual sync while roaming Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
Exchange ActiveSync 14.0 - Exchange Server 2010
Features:
Conversation View Yes1 Yes No Yes No12 No12 Yes Yes No No No No No No No No Yes Yes
Move always Yes1 Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Reply state Yes1 Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No No No Yes No No No Yes Yes
UM card (client side only) Yes1 Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Free/Busy lookup Yes1 Yes No No No No Yes Yes No No No No Yes No No No Yes No
Nickname cache Yes1 Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No
SMS sync Yes1 Yes1 No No No No No No No No Yes20 Yes20 Yes20 No No No Yes No
Downloadable client Yes1 Yes No No No No No No Yes No No No No Yes No Yes 3 Yes No
Notes sync No No No No No No Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No Yes No
Policies:
Allow mobile OTA update Yes1 Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Mobile OTA update mode Yes1 Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Exchange ActiveSync 14.1 - Exchange Server 2010 SP1
Features:
Conversation segments Yes1 Yes1 No Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
GAL Photos Yes1 Yes1 Yes Yes No Yes29 No No No No No No No No No No No No
IRM support Yes1 Yes1 No Yes Yes No No Yes No No No No Yes30 No No No Yes No
Block/Allow/Quarantine List (device info) Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No10 No10 No10 No No10 No10 Yes No10 No10 No10 Yes No
Allow attachment download (server side) N/A N/A N/A N/A Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Policies:
Allow IRM over EAS Yes1 Yes1 No Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No Yes No
Exchange ActiveSync 14.2 - Exchange Server 2010 SP2
Features:
Policies:
Security
Support smart card authentication Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Yes
FIPS 140-2 validated Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown No26 Yes Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Yes

Notes:
1 Requires free Outlook Mobile update
2 Only finds email address, phone numbers, title and company
3 3rd party downloadable client available for purchase for RIM BlackBerry devices
4 Because this is an application, a remote wipe wipes all data in the application but not the entire device
5 S/MIME performance depends on how S/MIME is used[15]
6 Encryption is for the applications memory and not the entire device
7 Policy is available but is client-side only and thus does not respond to server-side policy settings
8 Phone number and email address only
9 can only create personal calendar entry, no meeting requests
10 Info is derived from other info sent from the device as opposed to sent in the protocol
11 E series devices do a full wipe while N series devices only do a wipe of the Exchange data
12 Some devices have a conversation view which is simply grouped by subject and is not the EAS based conversation view feature
13 S/MIME was not included in EAS 12.0 so it was added back at this point (it had been in EAS 2.5)
14 Information in this chart is additive. This means that information that is listed for a later version of Exchange ActiveSync does not list the features of the previous version but the product does include them. Compatibility in an earlier version indicates compatibility in the later version unless otherwise noted.
15 Follow-up flags are implemented as "stars" on the device.
16 Device encryption is only supported on iPhone 3GS hardware and later. These devices are encrypted by default, therefore this setting is only used to check the devices status if the 'Allow non-Provisional Devices' policy is set (and the box unchecked). Once this is configured, earlier devices report back that they do not support device encryption and therefore access to Exchange will be blocked.[16]
17 N900 is a non-provisionable device and does not support any policies. However, attachment downloading is always possible.
18 Device says it respects this policy but no device changes are made.
19 Supports gzip compression.
20 Some native device support with newer 2.3 phones. Also 3rd party Android Apps (i.e. Touchdown) have added support for SMS Sync.
21 Require device encryption is achieved by using NotifyMDM.
22 Encrypts all corporate data/attachments downloaded to SD card.
23 Disables corporate data/attachments from being downloaded to SD card.
23 Encrypts corporate data stored on device regardless of whether device supports encryption natively or not.
24 Encrypts non-removable (emulated) SD card storage (e.g. Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, etc.) starting in 4.0.4
25 Starting in 4.0.4
26 Cryptographic modules in iOS/OSX CoreCrypto and CoreCrypto Kernel are "In Review" so potentially a partial "Yes" in the future
27 Only supported through BlackBerry Enterprise Server 10
28 Partial
29 Assuming that Contacts are synced too
30 On Samsung's devices

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