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Windows CE ActiveSync 3.0

For a considerable time now, Microsoft have been discussing and a promising a rewrite for ActiveSync for Windows CE. It is now available, and will be a worthwhile upgrade for most CE users. This is a full rewrite, which removes any interaction between CE Services and Dial Up Networking or RAS. Many users found that making a CE connection would also force a DUN connection, although this didn't happen to everyone. It also gives official support for making a connection faster than 19.2 Kbps, supporting up to 115 Kbps, and also officially supports connections via IrDA ports and ethernet. This may be confusing for those of us who have been using CE Services hacked to support faster speeds, or via infra-red. The difference is that these features have official support, and should work far more reliably than with earlier versions. Minor features in this release include autodetection of serial ports and connection speeds. As with all autodetection systems, it can interfere with other serial devices, notably modems and graphics tablets.

If you use CE, install this upgrade - it should have been like this from the beginning.


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Paul Lynch
Last updated: March 30, 1999

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