Bringing Office in the Cloud to the Newest Apple Smartphone
Intermedia, a global leader in cloud services and the largest provider in the world of hosted Microsoft Exchange, today announced that it is supporting key cloud services, including Exchange 2010, on the new Apple iPhone 4S the day it is available to customers. Using Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync1, Intermedia will configure the new Apple iPhone to wirelessly send and receive Exchange email, calendar invitations, contacts and more. Intermedia supports business email and collaboration on a full range of smartphones and tablets, such as iPad, Android, Palm and BlackBerry.
Interest in Apple devices has surged amongst the 41,000 small and mid-size companies Intermedia supports. In August 2011, Intermedia reviewed the number of ActiveSync-based smartphones its customers activated to sync their email, contacts and calendars. 78 percent of ActiveSync users choose Apple-based devices. iPad activation was up 102 percent since the company reviewed the same data in May 2011.
“Small and mid-size business owners and their employees expect the capabilities they have in the office to be accessible from their smartphones and tablets,” says Michael Gold, president, Intermedia. “We believe they should be able to choose the device that best suits their needs, whether it is an Android, BlackBerry, Windows or Apple device – including the iPhone 4S. With Intermedia, companies no longer have to standardize on a smartphone or tablet. Each employee can securely use the smartphone that is right for them without the company having to take on undue operational expenses or complexity.”
Intermedia offers a range of mobile device management and security capabilities, enabling administrators to enforce passwords and other policies – as well as to wipe lost or stolen phones. Services can be provisioned to devices with just a few clicks from Intermedia’s HostPilot® Control Panel. A mobile HostPilot app is also available for smartphones, including iPhone 4S. Customers can also extend their Intermedia hosted PBX – a cloud-based, business-grade voice service – to their iPhone 4S and other smartphones with a variety of apps known as SIP clients.
Intermedia offers an integrated suite of cloud communications and collaboration services through its Office in the Cloud™ bundles. It combines popular Microsoft services such as Exchange 2010, hosted Lync and SharePoint 2010 with Intermedia’s tools for backup, mobility and other options. Intermedia is recognized as providing premium support with an average phone response time of under one minute. The company’s Cloud Concierge™ team assures customers have a secure migration to the cloud. Hosted Exchange 2010 service is backed by a 99.999% uptime service level agreement and secure infrastructure spanning seven datacenters. For more information, please call 1-800-379-7729.
1 ActiveSync is the syncing protocol that iPhone, Android and Windows 7 smartphones use to sync email and other information with Microsoft Exchange.