Interview: Microsoft on the enterprise iPhone

FierceWireless' sister publication CIO:TechWatch recently sat down with Adam Glick, Technical Product Manager for Microsoft's Exchange group, to discuss Microsoft's deal with Apple for licensing its Exchange email server for the iPhone.

How did the partnership between Apple and Microsoft come about?

Adam Glick: From our standpoint it was always a partnership--it was really the two companies coming together, asking 'Does this partnership make sense for us?'" Really they're the ultimate player to sign on in terms of smartphone manufacturers and this really highlights that this is the premiere messaging solution for enterprises. We started working with them a while ago and eventually, we both found the right partnership. We're thrilled that this is finally being announced.

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