Thursday, March 6, 2008

iPhone To Get Push Email, Push Calendar, ActiveSync Exchange Support

OK, so the Apple announcements have started rolling in, and the liveblogs are live. The first announcement we have so far from the SDK event is that the iPhone will be getting several tools in the next update to make it more business friendly.

Phil Schiller has taken the stage, and brought with him a slew of announcements to make the iPhone a better business tool. With the next iPhone update, he has announced Push email integration for the iPhone, as well as Push calendar, Push contacts, Global address list, Cisco IPsec VPN, Certificates and Identities, WPA2/802.1x, Enforced securitiy policies, device configuration, and remote wipe.

"That's a long list of important features," Schiller says. "They say if we just did these things, it would really help adoption in the enterprise. And we're doing all of these things in the next release of the iPhone software."

They will also be getting ActiveSync native on the iPhone, enabling it to communicate directly with the Microsoft Exchange server. Along with the current email carriers (Gmail, Yahoo, etc.), you will now be able to chose to use an Exchange server, and all of the native email apps like and will be able to interact with it.

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