IBM to Buy Worklight
IBM today indicated that it intends to purchase Worklight, a company that specializes in software for smartphones and tablets. With the purchase, IBM will be able to offer its customers a platform that helps speed the delivery of existing and new mobile applications to multiple devices. It also helps smartphones and tablets connect to corporate systems securely. Worklight's tools will allow IBM to write applications once that run on Android, BlackBerry, and iOS smartphones. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.
Apple Joins Forces with IBM to Bring iOS To Enterprise
Apple and IBM today announced a partnership that will see more business-oriented apps developed for iOS, and IBM selling iPhones and iPads directly to its large corporate customers. The two companies will jointly develop the apps, of which there will be about 100, targeted as various industries.
Apple and IBM Release First Wave of Enterprise Apps
Apple and IBM have followed through on an announcement made earlier this year and delivered a range of mobile applications aimed at large businesses. The IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps rely on IBM's cloud services, which bring data and analytics tools to enterprise users of Apple's iPhone and iPad.
Samsung Releases Focus, a Combined Email and Calendar App
Samsung recently made a new productivity app called Samsung Focus available to its Android devices. Focus handles basic productivity functions, including email, calendar, contacts, tasks, and memos all in a single application.
BlackBerry to Allow Rivals to Manage BB10 Devices
BlackBerry today announced that it has agreed to allow several other, large mobile device management companies to support its BlackBerry smartphones. Until today, BlackBerry has only allowed its devices to be managed by its own Blackberry Enterprise Services product.