Microsoft releases update to Mobile Outlook for WM6.1

As yet another sign that Microsoft is hardly giving up on WM6.x devices, they have just announced the ability to update Mobile Outlook on WM6.1 devices (opens in new tab).

Such an update is key for the hundreds of thousands of Windows phone users who are still using "legacy" devices such as the Treo line (750, 800w, Treo Pro; HTC Diamond, Mogul, etc.). While these devices are considered old by today's standards, no doubt many in enterprise still rely on them for daily use.

The update is mostly to make said devices compatible with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, which is a major update to the popular infrastructure solution.

Threaded email with Exchange is supported (but not the cool, universal type found in some WM6.5.3 builds) Other enhancements include the ability to sync SMS messages, calendar lookup and enhanced voicemail (via Exchange).

Unfortunately, it is not obvious how regular customers can just upgrade via a .cab file, though we'll keep a lookout and keep you posted.

Update: In comments, Kareljack gives us this link for the .cab file update (opens in new tab). But it is also noted that these new features only work with an Exchange 2010 account (either at your work or hosted).

[via ZDNet]

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14 Comments
  • And yet, still no HTML mail for Exchange accounts (except maybe Ex2010). I suspect this is because they would have to integrate some type of rendering engine into Outlook, and MS doesn't really have one yet. Still, without this feature, WM6.x will always look dated in comparison.
  • I do have HTML mails on my Windows Mobile 6.1. your company must be a Exchange 2000 client. When they upgraded here to a newer one 2 or 3 years ago (I think 2003), I got HTML mails. Definitely does not require Exchange 2010
  • A manual update can be found here - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=150061 but these features are only available when connected to an Exchange 2010 server. Go to https://r2.uctrial.com/register.aspx and register for a free 30 day trial of an Exchange 2010 server.
    Too bad it doesn't work with Google sync.
  • Very cool, thanks kareljack.
  • This is actually MORE of a sign that they're giving up. "wrap up what you're doing, and release it"
  • ugh. stunningly old news :)
  • For some, yes. This .cab has floated around in beta form for some time now. However, this was a recent announcement from MS directly so we believe it deserved some attention, especially for those who don't read phone forums all day.
  • this is a nice mobile phone friendly link:
    https://update.outlook.com/cabs/OutlookLiveSetup.cab this update came out in early jan.
    If you use exchange 2010 and don't have it - blame your clueless exchange admin ^_^
  • Oh boy! This is really grasping at straws by WMExperts! (By the way, when are you going to change the name?) Microsoft will occasionally make a WM upgrade available to a corporate account if it removes a sticking point to a sale, like a corporation upgrading to Exchange 2010. Some users may officially see the update through the carrier channels. We've yet to see what Microsoft will do with WM once Series 7 devices hit. Remember it was just a few months ago that Steve Balmer was saying (as reported by WMExperts) that Microsoft was staying the course on Windows Mobile. Series 7 invalided those statements and reinforced Microsoft's "What we do matters, not what we say."
  • Not grasping at straws. Microsoft said that they will re-brand WM6.5 and WM6.5.3 as "Windows Mobile Classic" once WM7s hits. The former will be sold to emerging markets and (wait for it) enterprise for some time. HTC has numerous 6.5 devices coming out in late 2010 for that very reason. So, to reiterate, I don't see how this "grasping at straws" when MS has said that the two brands will co-exist
    for the foreseeable future. Personally, I think it's a good thing that MS is making "old" WM6.1 devices who will *never* see a WM6.5 upgrade, compatible with Exchange 2010. It is good thing. That they are *not* dropping all WM6.x development and washing their hands of the OS (unlike Palm) is important, especially for those who rely on specific apps that WP7s won't have for some time during the transition. As far as site "name changes", while I can't reveal our plans to do that or not, we *do* have plans.
  • How is this grasping at straws? You're on crack dude. This is exactly the type of info I come to this site for. Have another hit.
  • Hi, Again Microsoft have came with some extraordinary thing! The newest version of the platform offers the most genuine Microsoft Office system experience in the mobile versions of Office Outlook.
  • This is really grasping at straws by WMExperts.I think it's a good thing that MS is making "old" WM6.1 devices who will never see a WM6.5 upgrade, compatible with Exchange 2010. It is good thing.
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    Oh boy! This is really grasping at straws by WMExperts! (By the way, when are you going to change the name?) Microsoft will occasionally make a WM upgrade available to a corporate account if it removes a sticking point to a sale, like a corporation upgrading to Exchange 2010. Some users may officially see the update through the carrier channels. We've yet to see what Microsoft will do with WM once Series 7 devices hit. Remember it was just a few months ago that Steve Balmer was saying (as reported by WMExperts) that Microsoft was staying the course on Windows Mobile. Series 7 invalided those statements and reinforced Microsoft's "What we do matters, not what we say."