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iPad for Business Users
Editor's Note: This article was originally published in August of 2010. It has been updated with current information.
Apple's iPad has become a huge hit with consumers as a content consumption platform, but for business users, it's been something of a hit or miss.
Apple hasn't provided a lot of guidance to the corporate or business end-user as how to correctly configure it for essential day-to-day use, and how to get the most out of the device in terms of sharing data with PCs and external Web services.
As an iPad owner from the day the first units were delivered to customers, and now an iPad Air user, I've spent a lot of time determining how to get the most out of its functionality.
I've assembled this guide, which will serve as a constantly updated work in progress, for those of you who may be new to the iPad and iOS platform and are looking for interoperability solutions.
Many of the tips, techniques and applications which I have listed for the iPad in this article also apply to iPhone. At the time of this writing the iPad system software was version 7.1, so this is written for that iOS version in mind.
Email, Contacts and Calendaring Integration
The iPad includes support for a number of different types of email accounts and calendars.
Most corporate users will want to use Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) connectivity to synchronize Mail, Calendar and Contacts on the iPad. At the time of this writing, the iPad supports multiple Exchange accounts with version 7.1 of iOS.
When using Exchange (ActiveSync) accounts on the iPad, your corporate systems administrator will provide you with the pertinent login information which includes your email address, the hostname of the Exchange server, the Domain name, as well as your username and password.
Once configured, your iPad will be automatically set up to synchronize your email as well as contacts from your corporate directory services and your personal address book and also permit synchronization between your corporate calendar in Outlook and the iPad's Calendar application.
Are you an Outlook.com or Hotmail user? You can use also the iPad's native Exchange ActiveSync in the Mail, Contacts and Calendars setup.
Companies which use Lotus Notes email and calendaring can download and install Lotus Notes Traveler which is supported with version 8.0.1 and above of IBM Lotus Domino server.
Alternatively, if your organization has enabled it on its servers, both Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes support web-based messaging and calendaring via Outlook Web Access and IBM Lotus iNotes, and run in the iPad's Mobile Safari browser.
The iPad also supports standard IMAP4 and POP3 email accounts through its "Other" account setup wizard option and also supports LDAP-based directory services if your organization uses them for the Contacts sync.