Going Mobile? Get to Know Operating Systems, Devices

John Storts

Mobile operating systems (such as Android, iPhone OS, Palm OS) and the devices they run on (netbooks, smartphones and tablets like the iPad) are all over the news lately, given the recent acquisition of Palm by HP and the endless stream of "this vs. that" commentary by gadget and IT pundits.


Smartphones and mobile OSs offer a variety of connectivity and productivity benefits to business users. IT Business Edge and the Knowledge Network offer commentary, guest opinions, news and tools custom-made to address specific mobility issues.


For instance, if you are looking to explore the potential advantages of using the ubiquitous iPhone as a business communication tool, you'll want to read our excerpt from iPhone at Work: Increasing Productivity for Busy Professionals. In the book, author Ryan Faas shows you how to complete all the traditional smartphone tasks, like to-do lists, calendars, and e-mail, and become much more efficient and productive at work. Our excerpt focuses on using work e-mail and Microsoft Exchange with iPhone.


As a programmer for mobile-platform operating systems, our excerpts from iPhone Application Development for Dummies and Android Wireless Application Development should get you up to speed and on the right path to success. If mobile security is of critical concern (and, if you are implementing mobile devices in your enterprise, it should be), proceed with caution, whether the device in question is an iPhone or other smartphone. Make mobile devices work for you while avoiding risks and minimizing inefficiency.


More from the Knowledge Network and IT Business Edge

BlackBerry Development Fundamentals Excerpt

Motorola Droid Looks Promising, But Not iPhone Killer, Analysts Say

Symbian OS Now Open Source

Ovum's Cripps: App Developers Say Three Smartphone Platforms Is the Sweet Spot

Big Things Expected from Android

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