We have had a lot of interest from our education customers on integration with BES in Exchange Online in Office 365. This is something that has not been available in Live@EDU in the past. RIM is making their BlackBerry Could Services for Microsoft Office 365 available at no cost. While the general availability is scheduled for Q1 2012, they are currently in ‘Open Beta’ phase.
Office 365 for education now provides a complete mobility story for your end-users at no cost. Whether you are using a phone powered by Windows, iOS, Android, Symbian, Web OS and now Blackberry you have a method to synchronize natively e-mail, calendar and contacts. What if you don’t have a Smart Phone, you still have the option to use POP or IMAP.
I would like to thank Amin Tavakoli for posting the following information at the Office 365 UK blog.
Things to consider when participating in the open beta program...
If the beta isn’t for you, feel free to wait until Q1 of 2012, and follow the same instructions below to enable the integration with Exchange Online, when it becomes generally available. To enable your Microsoft Office 365 for BlackBerry service:
For more information regarding the BlackBerry Business Cloud Services Beta Program please visit https://www.blackberry.com/beta/businesscloud
You can find the full blog post from the Office 365 UK site here - http://www.office365blog.co.uk/2011/09/blackberry-service-for-office-365.html