It seems like the messaging industry is rapidly consolidating around approaches and protocols for e-mail/calendar/contact sync on mobile devices:

For iPhone and Windows Mobile devices, Google Sync allows you to get your Gmail contacts and Google Calendar events onto your phone. Sync uses push technology, which means that any changes you make to your calendar or contacts from the browser or phone will be reflected on your device within minutes. For phones that support SyncML, the tool will allow you to get your Gmail contacts onto your phone. For all of these devices, synchronization happens automatically over the air, without having to manually sync your phone. The connection is always on, which means your information is always up-to-date, no matter where you are or what you're doing.
It's interesting to see, though, that some specific devices have "known limitations".  I'm sure they will get worked around for everyone over time.

Also interesting to see Microsoft's reaction to the announcement.

All of this reassures me that our strategy around mobility for Notes/Domino is on the right track -- web and protocol-based approaches, support for a variety of devices through their native interfaces, and a strong partner ecosystem to add value and innovate.

Link: Google announces Calendar and contact syncing for iPhone and Windows Mobile devices >

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