Apple announces new enterprise services for iOS 8

Apple announces new enterprise services for iOS 8
Everyone wants more of the enterprise pie that has been left over from BlackBerry's fall from grace, and Apple is no different. Earlier today, Samsung announced that it has 5 devices that have been approved by the US Department of Defense, and Apple doesn't want its name left out of the conversation, so it has announced new enterprise services in iOS 8.

First up, Craig Federighi gave one of Apple's signature stats that don't necessarily mean all that much, saying that 98% of Fortune 500 companies use iOS. Given the expansion of bring-your-own device programs in enterprise, we'd bet that quite a large percentage of those same Fortune 500 companies also use Android and BlackBerry too, but we can't say for sure. The big news is that Apple now has a Device Enrollment program, which will allow your iOS device to automatically configure itself for your enterprise when you first get it rather than needing you to hand in your device so your company's IT department can set it up. 

Beyond that, iOS 8 is adding enhanced security including password protection for calendar, contacts, mail, messages, notes, reminders, and even third-party apps. There will be per message S/MIME for mail, but even better will be VIP threads which means you can get specific notifications for important mail conversations. There will be new auto-reply features for mail, options to set yourself as free or busy in your calendar, and third-party integration for documents in iCloud Drive

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3 Comments

1. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

I am still not impressed by the update..... I call it ios 7.2....

2. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

So far the update deserves a new version number more than iOS 7 did. Greatly improved notifications, third party keyboards, videos in the app store and they're not done yet. As opposed to a new design and a minor new feature or two.

3. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

A lot of complexity in this new iOS version -- it will take Apple a long time to sort through all the bugs. So iOS 8.1 will ship maybe March 2015 as the first truly working version of iOS 8.

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