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ActiveSync (Compact 7)


Windows Embedded Compact 7 provides support for ActiveSync 4.5 on Windows XP, and for Windows Mobile Device Center on Windows Vista and Windows 7. ActiveSync provides support for synchronizing data between a Windows-based desktop computer and Windows Embedded Compact-based devices. Windows Embedded Compact 7 also provides support for a direct synchronization connection to an Exchange Server without using a desktop computer. Using time stamps and user preferences, the synchronization process tracks data changes on both computers, then transfers the appropriate data so that each machine has the most recent versions. Outdated or unwanted data is discarded.

Windows Embedded Compact 7 provides an ActiveSync UI application so users can create a partnership between Microsoft Exchange Server and a device, and synchronize e-mail, calendar, and contacts data; check account status; and update account settings.


Microsoft recommends that all synchronization cables used for desktop synchronization ship with a tag or sticker on the desktop-computer end of the USB cable or serial cable connector. This tag or sticker should advise the user to install ActiveSync 4.5 on Windows XP or Windows Mobile Device Center on Windows Vista and Windows 7 on the desktop computer before attaching the docking cradle and cable to it. Failing to do so could cause the desktop-computer OS to install the incorrect drivers. If ActiveSync or Windows Mobile Device Center is installed first, the proper drivers are recognized.

To add this feature to your OS, see ActiveSync Catalog Items and Sysgen Variables.

For information on Device Lock and Device Wipe, see Device Lock and Device Wipe.

For reference information, see ActiveSync Reference.

Source code for the ActiveSync UI application is available at %_WINCEROOT%\Public\Apps\Oak\Syncres.

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