I want what Michael Gartenberger (Jupiter Research) wants. Me too! I also want what Michael already has – a Microsoft Exchange Server. Might be time to look into my own "hosted" Exchange solution.
I love Exchange. Every time I get a new computer or Smartphone, all I do is plug in our Exchange settings and magic happens. All my contacts, calendar items, to-do lists and email flow directly into the new device automatically. Once that happens, if I make a change on one device, it ripples across all the others. Everything is in sync and up to date. It’s nice we’ve solved sync for PIM information but that’s not enough for me now. Now I want sync for everything. I regularly move among multiple PCs and other devices like Smartphones. Trying to keep just two PCs in sync is a total nightmare. Stuff gets lost. I want to have (or have access to) every picture I have taken (I’ve been a digital camera users since 1995), every song in my collection and every document I have written on every one of my PCs. If I take pictures and download them to one of my PCs, I want those photos updated on all my other machines the next time I access them. I want it to happen simply, invisibly and just work. Now, many of you don’t switch regularly between a dozen PCs and Smartphones on a regular basis but there are multiple devices in everyone’s future. Whoever solves this next generation of sync first is going to win big. Oh. And while we’re at it, can I have that cross platform please? – Michael Gartenberger