Palm Announces Microsoft Mobile Device Manager 2008 Support
Palm today announced that it will make the Palm Treo 750 smartphone compatible with Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008, to deliver increased security and easier phone management, as well as access to information on the corporate network. Palm says IT professionals will be able to manage large Treo 750 deployments with features such as policy enforcement, inventory and reporting, and software targeting.
Mobile Device Manager is a new management solution that enables efficient control of Windows Mobile phones, such as the Treo 750 smartphone, by providing reliable, low-cost consistent manageability within a company's existing Microsoft infrastructure.
"Increasingly, businesses turn to smartphones to provide tools to enhance their mobile productivity - whether it's accessing contacts, calendars or line of business applications," said Pieter Knook, senior vice president of Mobile Communications Business at Microsoft Corp. "Palm's support for System Center Mobile Device Manager will help IT departments make the most of their Microsoft mobile investments in three strategic areas: security management, Windows Mobile phone management and access to information."
Mobile Device Manager builds on the core set of security and management features available on the Treo 750 smartphone and brings advanced capabilities for Windows Mobile to the System Center family of IT management solutions, including the following:
-- A Mobile VPN that provides security-enhanced access to corporate data (for example, intranet, line-of-business applications) behind the firewall, so users can get to more of the information they need while away from their desks;
-- Security-management features, such as support for Active Directory, for expanded protection of sensitive corporate information and policies for more control; and
-- A single device-management solution for Windows Mobile for easily distributing software and managing phones.
The Palm Treo 750 smartphone will support Mobile Device Manager through an update starting in the second half of calendar 2008.