Apple iPhone Goes Enterprise!Apple iPhone Goes Enterprise!
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March 6, 2008
Apple just announced a slew of moves to make the iPhone "enterprise-friendly", the biggest among these is support for Microsoft's ActiveSync capabilities, which will allow iPhone users to sync mail/calendar/contacts with their Exchange servers. It will also give Exchange admins the ability to wipe data from lost iPhones. Apple also said they are moving to support Cisco's VPN protocol, and I'd expect IBM Lotus to offer Notes Traveler support for iPhone before long. Previously, Avaya announced a version of one-X mobile for the iPhone.
I'm still not ready to accept the iPhone over a BlackBerry as an enterprise device (mostly due to the difficulty in typing on an iPhone), but this is going to open a whole new set of doors for iPhone users. The wildcard is the network impact of iPhones syncing directly to Exchange servers versus the RIM model of a hosted gateway service.
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