Microsoft Expands Exchange ActiveSync Licensing Program

December 18, 2008

REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Microsoft Corp. today
announced it is expanding its Exchange ActiveSync Intellectual Property (IP)
Licensing program, facilitated by Version 1.0 releases of technical
documentation for protocols built into Exchange ActiveSync, which Microsoft
posted on the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) earlier this month. The
posting of this documentation completes the set of Exchange ActiveSync
protocols Microsoft committed to publish as part of its Interoperability
Principles announced in February 2008

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“The Exchange ActiveSync IP Licensing program is another example of how we
are continuing to deliver on our commitment to increased openness and
collaboration,” said Horacio Gutierrez, vice president of intellectual
property and licensing at Microsoft. “This technology is being sought out by
our partners and competitors alike because it enhances their value proposition
to their customers, and we believe that to be a testament to the innovation
taking place at Microsoft.”

Exchange ActiveSync

Exchange ActiveSync allows mobile phones to get wireless push e-mail and
synchronize calendar, contacts and tasks. Exchange ActiveSync also enables
businesses to manage wireless devices and enact security policies. More
information about Exchange ActiveSync can be found at
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa998357.aspx. The public posting
on MSDN of the technical documentation for protocols built into Exchange
ActiveSync provides developers with the opportunity to immediately build
prototype applications that can sync with Microsoft Exchange Server and more
than 200 Exchange ActiveSync-enabled mobile phones. To further simplify the
process for developers and others, the expanded licensing program sets out
clear steps and licensing terms that a company can access when it wants to
commercialize its applications. The documentation of the Exchange ActiveSync
protocols is posted on MSDN at

Current Exchange ActiveSync licensees include Apple Inc., Nokia, Palm
Inc., Samsung Electronics Company Ltd. and Sony Ericsson. More information
about the Exchange ActiveSync IP Licensing program is available at
http://www.microsoft.com/iplicensing. Helio LLC and DataViz Inc. also are
licensees of Exchange ActiveSync and have used the technology to enrich their
product offerings. A case study on Helio is available at
and a case study on DataViz is available at

Microsoft’s Commitment to Licensing IP

The licensing program for the Exchange ActiveSync technology is another
example of the important role IP collaboration plays in ensuring a healthy and
vibrant IT ecosystem. Since Microsoft launched its IP Licensing program in
December 2003, the company has entered into more than 500 licensing agreements
and continues to develop programs that make it possible for customers,
partners and competitors to access its IP portfolio. The program was developed
to open access to Microsoft’s significant research and development investments
and its growing, broad patent and IP portfolio.

Recently, Microsoft’s patent portfolio was given — for the second year in
a row — the top quality rating by the IEEE Spectrum Patents Scorecard
(http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/patentsurvey2008), an independent patent-quality
rating system.

Interoperability Principles

In February, Microsoft announced a set of broad-reaching changes to its
technology and business practices that were designed to increase the openness
of its products and drive greater interoperability and opportunity across the
IT community of developers, partners, customers and competitors. Among other
things, Microsoft committed to establishing and maintaining open connections
between its high-volume products, including Exchange Server 2007, and
non-Microsoft products. Posting the Exchange ActiveSync documentation on MSDN
and expanding the licensing program for the Exchange ActiveSync technology are
two steps toward delivering on these commitments. Details about the
Interoperability Principles are available at

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is the worldwide leader in
software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their
full potential.

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