iPhone 2.0 Raises Device's Enterprise Profile

By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2008-07-14 Print this article Print

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Document support is enhanced somewhat with the iPhone 2.0 software. With the upgrade I could open PowerPoint presentations and Microsoft Word documents (in the DOCX format), in addition to the legacy Word and Excel, and PDF and JPG documents I could open with the old iPhone software.

Documents can be viewed in either portrait or landscape mode, but users can only view these documents; the iPhone still does not have the ability to download and save the files locally or to edit them.

Apple has also introduced a few features that could help administrators control personal use of a business iPhone. The new Restrictions feature allows administrators to lock out the use of the Safari Web Browser and YouTube, and to deny access to either the App Store or the iTunes store. By enabling these restrictions, the applications are removed entirely from the user's screen, and the controls are protected by a four-digit pass code.

Administrators can also prohibit users from playing media content tagged as explicit in this same manner.

Senior Analyst Andrew Garcia can be reached at agarcia@eweek.com.


Andrew cut his teeth as a systems administrator at the University of California, learning the ins and outs of server migration, Windows desktop management, Unix and Novell administration. After a tour of duty as a team leader for PC Magazine's Labs, Andrew turned to system integration - providing network, server, and desktop consulting services for small businesses throughout the Bay Area. With eWEEK Labs since 2003, Andrew concentrates on wireless networking technologies while moonlighting with Microsoft Windows, mobile devices and management, and unified communications. He produces product reviews, technology analysis and opinion pieces for eWEEK.com, eWEEK magazine, and the Labs' Release Notes blog. Follow Andrew on Twitter at andrewrgarcia, or reach him by email at agarcia@eweek.com.

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