Apple Moves (A Little) Into the Enterprise

If you keep up with tech you probably noticed that Apple made something of a startling move the other day in regards to the iPhone. They announced that they have finally done all the things that enterprise customers have been saying they would have to do from the beginning. Apple finally licensed the ActiveSync technology from Microsoft, which will allow iPhones to sync over the air to Exchange servers, along with allowing IT people to do all of the things that they’ve been able to do with other smart phones for years.

While that announcement is exciting (and sometimes terrifying) for IT people the world over (now there is one more device that CEOs are going to demand be supported), I wonder if this is the beginning of a larger move on Apple’s part. What if Apple were to license ActiveSync further, and then incorporate it into their native mail and calendar programs? All of a sudden, the Mac becomes almost as useful in an enterprise environment as an XP box with Outlook Express. Why not put Macs on users desks who only need word processing and e-mail? If we believe Apple, they will be more productive, more reliable, and more secure. It will be interesting to see if this goes any farther…


~ by jerquiaga on March 7, 2008.

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