and OTA sync was one of the strengths of the combination between Windows Mobile
and Exchange but for a long time, Windows Mobile isn't alone anymore, latest
since Nokia and Sony Ericsson licensed Exchange ActiveSync some years ago too.
And now Apple is the next. Apple yesterday previewed its iPhone 2.0 software,
scheduled for release this June, and announced the immediate availability of a
beta release of the software to selected developers and enterprise customers.
The iPhone 2.0 beta release includes both the iPhone Software Development Kit
(SDK) as well as new enterprise features such as support for Microsoft Exchange
ActiveSync to provide secure, over-the-air push E-Mail, contacts and calendars
as well as remote wipe, and the addition of Cisco IPsec VPN for encrypted access
to private corporate networks.
Apple has licensed Exchange ActiveSync from Microsoft and is building it right
into the iPhone, so that iPhone will connect out-of-the-box to Microsoft
Exchange Servers 2003 and 2007 for secure over-the-air push E-Mail, contacts,
calendars and global address lists. Built-in Exchange ActiveSync support also
enables security features such as remote wipe, password policies and
auto-discovery. The iPhone 2.0 software supports Cisco IPsec VPN to ensure the
highest level of IP-based encryption available for transmission of sensitive
corporate data, as well as the ability to authenticate using digital
certificates or password-based, multi-factor authentication. The addition of
WPA2 Enterprise with 802.1x authentication enables enterprise customers to
deploy iPhone and iPod touch with the latest standards for protection of Wi-Fi
The iPhone 2.0 software provides a configuration utility that allows IT
administrators to easily and quickly set up many iPhones, including password
policies, VPN setting, installing certificates, E-Mail server settings and more.
Once the configuration is defined it can be easily and securely delivered via
web link or E-Mail to the user. To install, all the user has to do is
authenticate with a user ID or password, download the configuration and tap
install. Once installed, the user will have access to all their corporate IT
Apple plans to release the final iPhone 2.0 software, including the iPhone SDK
and new enterprise features, as a free software update for all iPhone customers
by the end of June. Third party applications created for the iPhone will also
run on the iPod touch, and iPod touch users will be required to purchase a
software update to run these applications.
Cheers ~ Arne