My major disfunction with the BlackBerry device has been and will always be BES. I am a home user; in that I don't work for anyone and I just have a server at home. I am not about to pay $1,500 extra to have yet another software suite to handle e-mail so that I can have it on my device. I love the devices (I worked for a mortgage co that had the Nextel 7510's) and I was smitten to say the least. But when I quit and tried to replicate at with my "personal" device I found it damn near impossible to afford.
I already have exchange (I have a server running MS SBS 2003 Great deal if anyone cared to know); why should I have a similar application to tackle a similar problem...distributing e-mails.
As for security do any of you guys use OWA (Outlook Web Access)?? If you use OWA you are using the same exact protocol...you guys posted the article but obviously missed this point. From "Solving the Phone Synchronization Problem End-to-End"
By eliminating the NOC, isnít this solution less secure? This is among my favorite questions, and itís usually followed up with some hand-waving about the connection to the enterprise "somehow" getting "hijacked." The answer is, it is exactly as secure as the last online purchase you made with your credit card, exactly as secure as the last time you checked your email with OWA, and exactly as secure as the last time you used Outlook with RPC-over-HTTP. That is, we use SSL (which itself negotiates over-the-wire encryption using RC4 or 3DES) to communicate between the device and the server. I suppose that you could run this with SSL disabled, but you also risk a concussion if you run top-speed into a brick wall. Just a little fyi.
Beyond all of this...bottom line is that if MS came out with a decent product. People would complain, that is what consumers do. They love to hate someone. They address the issues...and they could have done better. It's a no win situation for the most part for them; personally I love the strides their making.
My personal opinion is that between the upcoming devices in the caliber of the Samsung SCH-i730
(which I hear will get WM5), and E2K3 SP2 Microsoft and partners could have RIM's back up against the wall. "'Leverage,' says you. 'I think I feel a change in the wind,' says I."