One of the things I’ve been trying to track down is which Exchange Active Sync (EAS) policies Windows Phone 7 does and does not support. The issue here is that Windows Phone 7 only supports a subset of the available policies, while the older Windows Mobile supports (I believe) all of them, and competing systems—Blackberry, Android, iPhone—support a larger subset.
In any event, Microsoft does have a page describing this support.
Its important to note that Windows Phone 7 devices only support a subset of the Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) policies available with Exchange 2003, Exchange 2007, and Exchange 2010. Currently, Windows Phone 7 supports the following EAS policies:
- Password Required
- Minimum Password Length
- Idle Timeout Frequency Value
- Device Wipe Threshold
- Allow Simple Password
- Password Expiration
- Password History
- Disable Removable Storage
- Disable IrDA
- Disable Desktop Sync
- Block Remote Desktop
- Block Internet Sharing
Why All These Missing Enterprise Features?
It’s important to note that Windows Phone 7 (WP7) primarily was developed as a consumer device and not an enterprise device. As a result there of many of the enterprise oriented features we had in Windows Mobile 6.x aren’t available in WP7. However, now that WP7 is out, the Windows Phone 7 team can focus on improving WP7 further and they already do. In addition, since it’s now possible to push out updates via the new “Phone Update” feature, it doesn’t mean that you necessarily need to buy a new device or wait for the service provider to release a new build in order to benefit from features added after you got a WP7 device.
There’s also some good info on this page around which Exchange mail and calendar features are supported on Windows Phone 7.
And then there’s this page, which provides a table-based comparison EAS support in Windows Mobile 6.1 and 6.5 (but not Windows Phone 7) to competing mobile platforms.