Today Apple announced the iPhone 2.0 software beta with a variety of business-use features including support for Microsoft Exchange email users. Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for Exchange explains:
We’re happy that Apple is adding the iPhone to the growing number of mobile devices that connect with Exchange Server. As part of a business agreement with Microsoft, Apple will build Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync into the iPhone – making it possible for iPhone owners to access Exchange and take advantage of its secure mobile communications features.
The Apple iPhone is one of those popular devices that now join the long list of smartphones able to connect to Exchange. 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.
Myerson takes pains to explain how Apple and Microsoft can both cooperate on Exchange access and compete in other areas simultaneously, but it isn’t a surprise – both are big enough with enough breadth of product that it is inevitable.