If today seems a little more hectic than usual in the mobile world, your presumption is correct.
Amidst a flurry of interesting items in the news today is the announcement from AT&T this morning that the eagerly anticipated Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008is now available to AT&T business customers who use smartphones running Windows Mobile 6.1.
In conjunction with the availability of Mobile Device Manager, AT&T also revealed the availability of the MDM Early Adopter QuickStart Program (which was “developed cooperatively by AT&T and Enterprise Mobile and is an exclusive offering designed to assist AT&T customers with deploying the Microsoft mobility solution.”)
According to info directly from the horse’s mouth, the Mobile Device Manager is an enterprise-grade mobile device management solution that also provides security, mobile Virtual Private Network (VPN) and software distribution for Windows Mobile devices.
With Mobile Device Manager, AT&T customers using Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphones now have secured access to applications, files, corporate data and other information that is located on the corporate network and previously inaccessible without a secure VPN connection. For example, customers can now access information such as price sheets, marketing collateral and legal documents on the corporate network — items that were often previously available only through PCs or laptops.