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Remotely wiping mobile phones

Remotely wiping mobile phones

Posted Sep 16, 2010 20:19 UTC (Thu) by leoc (subscriber, #39773)
Parent article: Remotely wiping mobile phones

I am not well versed in Exchange, so perhaps this is a dumb question but here it is anyway: why not just provide a web based email interface for employees to use with their smart phones? Then you can control who gets access to what from where without having to give email administrators such (frankly ridiculous) powers.


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Remotely wiping mobile phones

Posted Sep 16, 2010 23:52 UTC (Thu) by klbrun (subscriber, #45083) [Link]

Web based email interfaces typically expire after, say, 15 minutes. But if you like to have your phone on all the time and be notified as soon as an email hits the exchange server, you will be out of luck with a web email interface (unless you log in every 15 minutes).

Remotely wiping mobile phones

Posted Sep 17, 2010 0:29 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954) [Link]

I've never seen an Exchange client or server, but I'll bet there is a web interface. It's just too valuable a thing for Microsoft not to sell.

But the web protocols are far too weak to give the best possible user experience, so that would explain why one would want to use a special Exchange client instead of a web browser for mail. Slowness, expiration, lack of interactivity, and everything.

Remotely wiping mobile phones

Posted Sep 17, 2010 4:25 UTC (Fri) by bronson (subscriber, #4806) [Link]

It's called Outlook Web Access and, I gotta admit, it's pretty nice!

But you're right -- it's far too heavy to be used over Edge or 3G data connections, and it would take a ton of work to get it to work in current mobile browsers.

Remotely wiping mobile phones

Posted Sep 17, 2010 19:43 UTC (Fri) by speedster1 (guest, #8143) [Link]

When you admitted to liking Outlook Web Access, does this include sending mail or only checking mail?

If you do use it to send mail, please give me a hint on how to send a genuine plain text message using Outlook Web Access.

Remotely wiping mobile phones

Posted Sep 17, 2010 22:26 UTC (Fri) by bronson (subscriber, #4806) [Link]

Heh, maybe the secret to liking OWA is to have low expectations. It's a surprisingly decent web app.

As far as its capability as a mailer.... well, this was in a Microsoft-laden corporate environment. I sent and received nothing but HTML-encoded top-posted disasters, each with a 75 MB PowerPoint attachment.

Remotely wiping mobile phones

Posted Sep 17, 2010 23:21 UTC (Fri) by foom (subscriber, #14868) [Link]

> well, this was in a Microsoft-laden corporate environment. I sent and received nothing but HTML-encoded top-posted disasters, each with a 75 MB PowerPoint attachment.

Well, at least your microsoft-laden environment was better than most! Many installations of Exchange have some ridiculously low per-user storage size limit, like 25MB.

Remotely wiping mobile phones

Posted Sep 20, 2010 13:03 UTC (Mon) by james (subscriber, #1325) [Link]

This is something that the administrator gets to set on a global and per-domain basis.


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