Recently, Apple (News - Alert) released a fairly small update to iOS 6 on November 1, iOS 6.0.1. Located near the bottom of the list of bug fixes in the update is the note "fixes a bug affecting Exchange meetings." While this is obviously not too big of a deal as far as Apple is concerned, business iPhone (News - Alert) users are likely very happy to see this enhancement to the popular email hosting solution be unveiled.
The reason for this is that this fix addresses the iPhone's Mail application hijacking meeting requests and updating the Exchange meeting organizer with the name of a device's owner. The cause of this issue largely stems from the way Apple's Mail application has the ActiveSync protocol implemented. However, some have pointed out that Microsoft (News - Alert) does bear some responsibility as it should account for the many ways that ActiveSync licensees use the protocol.
The use of ActiveSync varies from Windows Phone to Android (News - Alert) to iOS and seeing as how the latter two are the primary mobile operating systems in the world based on market share, Exchange should at least aim to handle each use of the protocol from these platforms.
It is true, however, that Microsoft does actively engage with ActiveSync licensees to help them build better clients. Unfortunately, the outcome of this hasn't led to much consistency for the end-user, which should be the primary focus of all involved parties. It's especially irritating when issues, like the meeting hijack issue, have been known about for several versions of a licensee's operating system.
Regardless, the bug is now apparently fixed so, so for now at least there isn't as much reason to complain.
In other Exchange news, Priasoft recently unveiled the latest upgrade to its flagship software, Priasoft Migration Suite for Exchange. Update 6.5 of the Migration Suite adds support for Microsoft Exchange 2013 and includes mixed-mode migration support for Exchange upgrade scenarios.
Edited by Jamie Epstein