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Apple developers will flock to WWDC08 in San Francisco June 9 - 13 to learn about writing software for Mac devices and hear Steve Jobs introduce new products, including an upgraded iPhone, and possible new versions of Mac OS X and the .Mac service.
E-mail collaboration software vendor Open-Xchange has released beta software that adds an enterprise-critical feature to Apple's popular iPhone -- the ability to receive calendar and contact updates wirelessly instead of plugging the device into a computer.
In an announcement Wednesday, the Tarrytown, N.Y.-based vendor said the new capability will help make iPhones more attractive to enterprise users who need more business-aimed features than those currently supplied in the devices. Open-Xchange is an open-source alternative to Microsoft Exchange e-mail and collaboration server.
Ian Campbell, a return-on-investment (ROI) analyst, has published some preliminary data from an ongoing study regarding the operating costs of Macs and PCs in the enterprise. In examining the habits of 1,700 employees in a mixed Mac / PC environment—he doesn't provide info on the precise mix—he found that:
• Mac users generating one-third fewer help desk tickets
• Mac trouble tickets go resolved 30% faster
The Apple rumor mill is buzzing about a possible relaunch of online-service package .Mac at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference next week in San Francisco.
Apple offers sys-admins almost 250 pages of security best-practices and tips to protect Mac OS X Leopard clients.
Released on Monday, the guide document is a 3.4MB PDF. The guide is aimed at experienced users, Apple says, familiar with the Terminal application and its command-line interface. The guide spans basic “hardware” security practices as well as the new security features introduced in Leopard, such as library randomization and sandboxing.