Isode's new Mobile Email Gateway demonstration provides push email on a wide range of handsets, using IMAP-IDLE, as well as illustrating Isode's browser applications...
We've just launched a new live demonstration system of our Mobile Email Gateway, the primary purpose of which is to demonstrate M-Box operating in gateway mode, taking email from a POP email server and delivering IMAP email, including push email using IMAP-IDLE, to a wide range of mobile devices. You can try it out yourself by visiting the evaluation page on the Isode website.
While push email is mostly associated with smartphones, many non-smartphones have email clients compatible with the IMAP-IDLE standard, the Open Standard for push email. Over the last few months we've noticed increasing interest from email service providers wishing to provide push email access to their end-users without putting those end-users through the expense of acquiring newer handsets or the inconvenience of downloading and installing new client software. The gateway is demonstrates that this is a realistic goal that can be achieved by plugging M-Box into an existing infrastructure.
The gateway isn't only demonstrating the gateway abilities of M-Box. We're also showing the flexibility of Isode's browser-based applications which in this case can be used by end-users to obtain their phone settings, manage their whitepage information, look up contacts and change their password.
The recently published Directory Services Interface (DSI) evaluation guide touches on the customizations possible with Isode's browser-applications (changing styles and attributes displayed) and we'll be publishing a fuller customization guide within the next few weeks.