AT&T (NYSE:T) is recognizing Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) growing clout in the work space and is cozying up to it by adding iOS to its Toggle service, used for creating work-only sectors on smartphones. Toggle, offered to organizations, divides a phone’s software into two environments — one for business use and the other with an employee’s personal apps and content. However, until now it was only offered on Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android phones.
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Toggle 2.0, announced on Wednesday, will be available for iOS in the next few weeks, with versions for Research in Motion’s (NASDAQ:RIMM) BlackBerry and Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone scheduled to arrive by the end of the year.
According to AT&T spokesman Fletcher Cook, the software lets users use their personal phones and tablets with a corporate wireless account while keeping business resources encrypted and safe from disruption by consumer apps. The second version of the software also allows IT administrators to set up a customized location from where users can download pre-approved applications. Once an application is on the device, IT has the power to disable it or delete data remotely.
Security is a big issue as the concept of bring your own device becomes more common at the workplace. VMware (NYSE:VMW) and Red Bend offer virtualization software for phones, while Enterproid offers a service very similar to Toggle.
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