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By Nancy Weil
Fri, March 07, 2008

IDG News Service —

1. "Analysis: iPhone SDK Release Offers Big Potential for Users, Developers,"
Computerworld, March 7

Apple took top news honors again this week, announcing a software development kit for the iPhone, and that wasn't even the biggest news out of the media event at its Cupertino headquarters. The company also announced iPhone support for Exchange, a huge move as far as enterprise use of iPhones goes. But amid the ballyhoo...

2. "IT Execs Intrigued but Skeptical of iPhone Corporate Support,"
Computerworld, March 6

"Developers Excited by iPhone SDK, but Questions Linger,"
Macworld, March 6

Some senior IT executives said they're skeptical about Apple's iPhone push into the enterprise because Apple has never focused much on that market. They expressed continued concerns about whether the iPhone has sufficient security and management controls. From their side of the equation, developers, who have been waiting for the chance to write programs for the iPhone, are keen on the news from Apple, but some of them think the company's application distribution fee is high and they worry that smaller developers will wind up with a smaller cut because they won't have as much negotiating leverage. They also are wondering what effect it will have that Apple has the final say on which third-party programs will be available for download.

3. "How to Make the (New) iPhone Work at Work,"
InfoWorld, March 6

Meanwhile, if your company wants to incorporate iPhone use into the mix, why wait? There are ways to deal with data management and security. One caveat -- a big one for some enterprises -- there are lingering security "shortfalls" that have to be weighed in deciding whether iPhones should be allowed for corporate use.

IDG News Service World Tech Update from Cebit, March 7, '08

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