Dr. Mike e-mailed the other day to let me know that the iPhone will soon support corporate enterprise systems such as Microsoft Exchange Server.
Apple has given technology managers their iPhone wish list in full in an effort to make its phone more business friendly. The mission: Lure enough enterprises to the iPhone so Apple can hit its 10 million unit goal by the end of 2008.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs kicked off the company’s iPhone SDK event in Cupertino, Calif. with a few remarks, but really let Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, do a lot of the enterprise heavy lifting. See Engadget and News.com for live coverage (event just ended) and Apple’s statement.
What’s notable about that final Exchange point is that the two companies collaborated on making Exchange Server work better with the iPhone (see photo
right[above], credit News.com’s Corinne Schulze). This collaboration also occurred on the back end so that iPhone users will still use the same email, calendar and contact apps they do today. Just as an aside: Why can’t these two do this for corporate email? Entourage for the Mac is a sick joke.
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