HyperOffice Links Business Software To iPhone
The company's collaboration tools are meant to serve as an
alternative to Microsoft Exchange, which the iPhone doesn't support at
By Elena Malykhina
January 30, 2008 12:20 PM
HyperOffice, a provider of enterprise collaboration software
, on Wednesday unveiled a beta of tools that enable enterprise e-mail, contacts, calendars, tasks, and notes on Apple's iPhone.
The tools are meant to serve as an alternative to Microsoft Exchange
, which the iPhone doesn't support at the moment, said
HyperOffice. The company's software performs a similar function by
synchronizing the iPhone e-mail client
with Microsoft Outlook, allowing
business professionals to wirelessly access the necessary collaboration services.
These services include updating and sharing personal and group calendars
contacts, tasks, and notes; managing projects; viewing and editing
personal and shared documents; sending and receiving e-mail; and
managing teams, company intranets
, and extranets.
"First, it is difficult for the large enterprise to deploy the iPhone
to corporate road warriors without native support for Microsoft
Second, if you are using Outlook to run and grow your business, how do
you begin sharing calendars, contacts, documents and tasks -- not just
e-mail -- without Exchange
, especially when the iPhone does not work
with Exchange? These are the two stumbling blocks that HyperOffice
removes," said Farzin Arsanjani, the company's president, in a
HyperOffice falls in the category of Web ware, so it doesn't require installation or configuration. It's provided as software as a service
HyperOffice contains a gateway tool called HyperShare that lets
professionals use Outlook on the iPhone with and without Microsoft
. HyperShare is downloaded to the desktop. It then synchronizes
contacts and calendars with the iPhone and automatically
transfers e-mail to the iPhone's built-in e-mail client. New messages
are transmitted back to Outlook or to an Exchange server, according to
The beta of HyperOffice for the iPhone is open to the public starting this week.
Earlier this month, IBM confirmed
that it was close to releasing a version of its Lotus Notes e-mail
client for the iPhone, which is what many enterprise users have been
waiting for. But it's unclear when this enterprise push will happen,
since IBM (NYSE: IBM
) later said that it's not ready to introduce Lotus Notes for the iPhone to the mass market just yet.
In the meantime, iPhone users must rely on Web-based applications
HyperOffice and many others have developed for the popular device.