03-01-2008, 04:17 PM
| | Re: Speculation - Kick *** iPhone with Microsoft Exchange Server support on March 6th
> Apple give iPhone support for Microsoft's Exchange server and Lotus
> Notes software - Enterprise iPhone
> Yesterday, February 29, 2008, 2:54:47 PM |
> While we wait for Apple's press event next week, let's speculate on
> what we'll hear. We know that "cool new enterprise features" are going
> to be part of the "iPhone Software Roadmap," but just what kind of
> enterprise features can we expect?
> How does some Microsoft's Exchange server and IBM Lotus Notes software
> support sound? Sounds nice, doesn't it? Well, Shaw Wu, an American
> Technology Research analyst, cites his "industry and developer
> sources" who indicate that Apple will unveil some significant
> business- oriented software support for the iPhone on March 6th.
> We've been pining for Apple to endow the iPhone with Microsoft
> Exchange Server support. The iPhone has seen limited success in the
> enterprise landscape, mainly because of its lack of business-software.
> IBM has already announced its intention to release Lotus Notes email
> for the iPhone, so the announcement that Apple will finally bring IBM
> into its stable of support software is no big surprise. But, allowing
> MS Exchange to work with the iPhone is a huge step, and a pleasant
> "If true (which we believe is), this will prove key in having more
> enterprises and SMB adopt iPhone as their mobile platform," states Wu.
> "What isn't as clear to us is how Apple will accomplish this, whether
> this is from internal development (most likely), third-parties
> including Microsoft (next likely) with its ActiveSync technology, or
> Research in Motion Blackberry Connect (possible but less likely), or a
> combination of two or more."
> Once the iPhone gets some official business support from Apple, the
> iPhone could really shine as a true enterprise smartphone. After all,
> a ChangeWave survey showed that enterprise customers are more
> satisfied with their iPhone than corporate users toting RIM BlackBerry
> "Nearly three-in-five (59%) of Apple's business customers say their
> company is Very Satisfied with the iPhone."
> "RIM (maker of the Blackberry) ranks second with a Very Satisfied
> rating of 47%, though we note this represents an unusually large 8-pt
> decline from the previous survey."
> The results make sense, seeing as how 72% of iPhone customers are
> satisfied, making the iPhone the top pick in planned purchases.
> Let's see what happens on March 6th...
> [Via: Apple Insider]
We have Exchange - and have only seen the latest MS "push" technology
available for MS enabled smartphones.
Also - for the Blackberry crowd, we run the BB server... again, a "push"
For the iPhone to work with a "push" technology like Exchange,
it would have to have the total MS Exchange protocol support... which might
be a stretch for the iPhone.
For those smartphones already running MS Mobile, it's already there,
but to add it to a non-MS phone just to get Exchange support might be a