Apple and Cisco say they’ve entered a partnership to build enterprise network tools that will create a wireless environment that’s very friendly to iPhones and other iOS devices in the workplace.
“Together with Cisco, we believe we can give businesses the tools to maximize the potential of iOS and help employees become even more productive using the devices they already love,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a statement.
“Ninety-five percent of companies in the Fortune 500 count on Cisco Collaboration and Cisco networks to help their teams be more productive,” said Cisco executive chairman John Chambers in that same statement. “Through this engineering and go-to-market partnership, we’re offering our joint customers the ability to seamlessly extend that awesome Cisco environment to their favorite iOS devices.”
The specifics of the partnership are a little blurry, but the partnership is part of Apple’s major initiative to get more of its products into the workplace. The company has also formed a partnership with IBM to build enterprise apps for iOS.
One interesting detail is that Apple and Cisco hope to make the iPhone better at passing calls back and forth from desktop phones.
Cisco says it will work to make its collaboration tools, such as Cisco Spark, Cisco Telepresence, and Cisco WebEx, work well on iOS devices.