SharePoint partner launches iPhone business application

SharePoint partner launches iPhone business application

iShare to give remote workers easy access to SharePoint collaboration tools via the Apple iPhone

Australian ISV, Spyk Software, has released a Microsoft SharePoint iPhone application in an effort to make the device a more viable business tool.

iShare, available now on the iPhone App Store, connects to Microsoft's SharePoint Server and provides secure access to company collaboration information including documents, lists, announcements, tasks and meetings.

Spyk CEO, Tim Kremer, said the ISV hoped to appeal to the increasingly mobile workforce.

“The iPhone’s viability to business is growing quickly as businesses realise that usability is key, and the iPhone is one of the best from that perspective. As more business applications are released for it, it will take some market share away from the likes of BlackBerry,” Kremer said.

“We haven’t announced anything for BlackBerry or the Google Android platform, but it is something we’re looking into. We’re also looking at building applications to allow people to remotely access CRM databases, as well as custom applications for businesses who have been approaching us with specific needs.”

Microsoft has sold more than 100 million SharePoint licences worldwide, making it one of the fastest growing products for the vendor.

“A lot of businesses are treating SharePoint as a platform to build additional applications on,” Kremer said. “It can be a costly process to make those custom applications then available remotely, but iShare has been designed to allow access to those applications without additional customisation.”

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