AppleInsider: Apple working on improved Exchange support for iPhone

by Volker Weber

Apple is working on improving the iPhone's support of Microsoft's Exchange email platform, which could finally deliver true syncing capabilities, a new company job posting has revealed. The undated listing seeks a "motivated, highly-technical Exchange test/sync engineer with excellent problem solving and communication skills." ... Thus far, the iPhone's official support of Exchange has been limited to IMAP functionality under certain conditions. The lack of full support for the Microsoft platform is commonly cited as one of the primary barriers to adoption of the Apple handset by businesses, as Exchange is widely deployed as the email solution of choice amongst the corporate world.

Though speculative, Apple's reference to sync engineers may indicate that work is being done to deliver support for ActiveSync, which would allow the iPhone to synchronize email, calendar items and contacts with Exchange servers. Potential iPhone buyers who rely on Exchange in the workplace have singled out the omission of ActiveSync support as the limiting factor in their decision to hold off on purchasing the Apple handset.

I could name a few more omissions, like the lack of policies or end-user activation through iTunes, but this is certainly going to help Apple.

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Now add 3G capabilities and I might even buy one... For now I am "stuck" with my brand new LGE KS20 which is not bad at all, just got it today :-)

Tobias Rödig, 2007-12-13

As predicted! Well, sort of! :-)

Martin Kautz, 2007-12-13

-I could name a few more omissions, like the lack of policies

If they add activesync 12.1 support you get resonable support ,there is still a long way to BB policies though

Flemming Riis, 2007-12-13

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