Apple announced Thursday moves to make its just-too-cool iPhone more appealing to enterprise customers, reports The Wall Street Journal.
In an event to release its software development kit to third parties, Apple announced an agreement with Microsoft allowing the iPhone to use ActiveSync, allowing the device to sync up with Exchange corporate e-mail and calendaring, according to ZDNet Mary Jo Foley.
The phone also will allow users to remotely access the company's internal network through its virtual private network capabilities. Added security functions include the ability to wipe data from lost or stolen devices. The phone, which debuted in late June, has been considered not ready for prime time on the enterprise stage, though a push into the enterprise has been expected all along.
While select developers will have access to many of the features right away, consumers will have to wait until late June, when the enhancements will be delivered through a free downloadable update, according to the Detroit Free Press.