From its inception, the iPad has been touted as a media consumer's appliance. It is largely known for its flawless image rendering, video playback and vast storage space. Nonetheless, the iPad's purpose doesn't start and end on entertainment and leisure alone. It is also purposeful for business-savvy users who would like to experience Apple's newest addition to its roster of technologically advanced products.
Apple isn't entirely detached from Microsoft-based productivity programs; as a matter of fact, the iPad has built-in support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and 2007. The manufacturer understands the proliferation of Microsoft's Business Email service and would not let their users be left behind in business if they select to go with an iPad.
The Microsoft Exchange support will allow push email service and will be made obtainable to the user's calendar events and contacts' information stored on their Microsoft profile. It is also possible to manage particular calendar details, search global address lists and inbox messages through this enhanced software feature.
Security is of utmost importance on an iPad; at the owner's preference, multiple complex passwords can be assigned to make sure that confidential info remain inaccessible to unauthorized persons. Information exchanged over-the-air or via the Web could be encrypted to ensure security. Additionally, corporate communication over-the-air is highly protected by a certificate-based authentication procedure via Trade and VPN. Even an unfortunate event for example loss or theft of the iPad won't leave important data vulnerable because information on it could be securely deleted via a remote command.
Specialized apps such as company metrics tracker, proposal reviewer, travel organizer, and flight tracker have been developed with the iPad's business users in mind. A lot like the enterprise edition of the BlackBerry RIM, Apple also hosts the iPhone Developer Enterprise Program. The distinction of the iPhone Developer Enterprise from the Blackberry RIM is that the Apple-supported initiative will enable businesses to produce their very own specialized apps. Their extremely own apps will probably be shared to their employees and will probably be deemed proprietary by the client business.
Moreover, iPad profiles can be effortlessly configured for companies. Businesses can set up their own profiles, complete with details for example VPN, e-mail, wireless network, and password and share it with colleagues on the iPad via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or the Internet. Most importantly, iPad supports iWork, Apple's office productivity suite of apps that enables the user to create and browse documents, spreadsheets and presentations. These apps have been redesigned to complement the iPad's multi-touch system.
Keynote slides can be presented, produced, and enhanced via the touchscreen device. iWork's mobile versions of Numbers and Pages may also be managed by tapping elements on the multi-touch screen. These documents can be shared in different ways; for instance, a VGA adapter can be used to connect the iPad to a projector to permit larger displays for a roomful of audience. Microsoft documents may also be imported into the iPad. Presentations, spreadsheets and text paperwork can be shared on a wider scale by uploading to iWork.com where the public can view these files.