Originally Posted by cgarrabr
What am I missing here? I don't see a need for this program. I am on BIS (yes BIS, not BES)....connected to my exchange server using IMAP. I read a message on my BB and it shows as being read in Outlook. I delete a message on my BB and it deletes in my Outlook. POP3 will do all of this as well....the only reason I use IMAP is so my e-mails arrive instantly on my BB.....no 10-15 minute wait.
As far as OTA calendar...get the Google sync and do this for free.
It's called corporate integration for SMB -- many people run SBS and/or lower clusters of an Exchange infrastructure and do not buy into the costs associated with BES (hardware, software and service). The Astrasync solution enabled a BB device to sync contacts (something you just skip right over), corporate calendar (which is a group device, not standalone like your Google) and email Inbox over the less inexpensive BIS connection.
Windows Mobile, iPhone and other devices can already do all this (the iPhone is spectacularly well implemented, kudos to Apple) -- Astrasync brings this missing functionality to the BlackBerry and chips away at the nasty BES server infrastructure. The iPhone I am particularly impressed with, it's integration with an Exchange server is fantastic, easy and well done. The BlackBerry could learn some serious lessons here in usability and what people actually want -- Astrasync sees the same thing and is trying to do it from a 3rd party perspective.