01/12/2009, 12:29 PM
Let me use exchange as an example (NOTE: I am not saying "rush out and get exchange, you must get it now! now! - this is just for an example, other services of this type are available! etc etc - so anyone who replies "I don't use outlook" get a punch in the chops).
Originally Posted by jaharr
All of my PIM data is stored on the exchange server -
I can access this via my phone, a outlook desktop client and an outlook webclient. I'll assume you've seen both a phone (!) and outlook before, here is a picture of outlook web client:
Ok, our example.
I update a task on my phone - that change is instantly sent to the server which is the "authoritative" version of my data, this also updates the desk client with this information (instantly if it is running or later if my computer is off).
If I log onto outlook web access (because I'm not at home), that change is already present there.
Now the other way - if I'm working using the desktop client, as soon as I add a task, it appears on the phone, I don't do anything it just appears.
Both the phone and the desktop client hold locally cached version of my information, so if I am suddendly cut off, both hold my contacts, my tasks and my emails.
In the same way, if I sent an email off my phone, that instantly appears in the "sent" box of the desktop client and the outlook webaccess.
Does that all make sense or is any of it unclear and you'd like me to go into more detail?