Here’s a very interesting news announcement regarding iPod support for corporate email systems:
"CUPERTINO, Calif. — The iPhone and iPod Touch became a true mobile computing platform today as Apple held an event announcing a software developer’s kit and software store, plus support for Microsoft Exchange e-mail, contacts and calendaring, as well as parental controls for the iPhone coming in a software update in late June.
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iPhone goes corporate
Exchange ActiveSync support lets Apple provide "a lot of things that enterprise customers have told us … are really holding [the iPhone] back" from broad deployment, said Apple senior vice president of worldwide product marketing Phil Schiller.
The update will integrate Exchange support into the iPhone’s existing mail, calendar and contacts applications. Along with ‘pushed’ e-mail, calendar and contacts support, the iPhone will now support global address lists and remote wiping of devices by IT departments. During Schiller’s demo, he showed an iPhone supporting meeting requests with locations and lists of attendees. Corporate IT departments will be able to create device profiles and use a special configuration tool to set up devices, he said.
There was no sign of tasks or notes compatibility, and presumably, this will require an Exchange 2003 SP2 or later server.
Both Nike and Disney have been testing the software already, Schiller said.
Microsoft started talking to Apple about Exchange ActiveSync before the launch of the iPhone last year, Microsoft corporate VP Terry Myerson said in an official Q&A on Microsoft’s Web site.
"This is one of those win-win propositions in that it helps us serve iPhone users, and it helps Apple serve the needs of the enterprise," he said."