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iPhones to become Business Friendly?

added by Michael on 14 Mar 2008

From DigitalArtsOnline:

The features were unwrapped during a media conference at Apple's San Francisco headquarters last week, where the company announced that iPhone users would soon have access to Microsoft's Exchange ActiveSync, a licensed data synchronization protocol whose built-in support will give IT departments the ability to set password policies, set up VPN settings and perform remote data wipes on iPhones that have been lost or stolen. Apple also said that the iPhone would soon have access to Cisco IPsec VPN, which the company says will "ensure the highest level of IP-based encryption available for transmission of sensitive corporate data." Finally, Apple said it would let iPhone users make VoIP calls over Wi-Fi connections, a move that could potentially be a money-saver for companies by reducing the number of cellular minutes used per month.

A timeline was revealed in this IT Business article:

But that will also change in June, when the iPhone 2.0 software includes Microsoft's Exchange ActiveSync technology. ActiveSync lets the iPhone use Microsoft's Direct-Push e-mail feature (Windows Mobile and Palm OS devices use ActiveSync as well to gain this capability; Research in Motion has built in its own push e-mail technology into its BlackBerry Enterprise Server product).