Today, Apple announced they have licensed the Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) protocol and are building support into the iPhone. We are happy to have them join the list of mobile device manufacturers supporting EAS.
Here is the Apple press release. Our official press piece is here.
By the way, our own Terry Myerson was in Cupertino for the announcement this morning. :)
Apple Senior VP of WW Product Marketing Phil Schiller and Exchange Corporate VP Terry Myerson chat at the iPhone press conference.
Obviously, we have been working together for a while on their implementation. What can we say today? They are doing Direct Push and most of the Exchange 2003 SP2 policies (including remote wipe). They are doing email, calendar and contacts sync, and global address lists. While previously you could get you Exchange mail on an iPhone via IMAP, getting contacts and calendar required a tethered sync through iTunes. Doing it wirelessly will be much better (IMHO).
Particularly noteworthy, Apple will implement a couple key Exchange 2007 EAS features.
I don't have a lot more to say about the iPhone. Perhaps after I'm worked with it a bit I'll share some more thoughts.
While we're here, let's note a couple updates from some other EAS licensees since our last post.
Here's a list of publicly announced Exchange ActiveSync protocol licensees.
- Ed Hott