On the heels of October's open beta, today Research in Motion (RIM) launched BlackBerry® Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365--a new service for organizations to extend Microsoft Exchange Online to BlackBerry® smartphones. The service ensures people have industry-leading business collaboration tools while on the go.

Some of the key features include:

  • Integration within the Office 365 Administrative Portal for easy management
  • Wireless synchronization with Microsoft Exchange Online email, calendar and organizer data from a BlackBerry smartphone
  • BlackBerry® BalanceTM technology, which presents a unified view of work and personal content on a BlackBerry smartphone while keeping the content separate and secure
  • An intuitive, web-based console for IT administrators to provision, manage and secure BlackBerry smartphones from anywhere
  • Online access to employee self-service smartphone security functions, allowing users to easily reset a device password or remotely lock or wipe a device in the event of loss or theft
  • BlackBerry security and encryption as well as device manageability

The service is available at no additional charge to current medium-sized or enterprise subscribers of the Office 365 suite or standalone Exchange Online and works with BlackBerry smartphones on business or consumer data plans.

Go to www.blackberry.com/cloudservices to get started!

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We are announcing a new partnership with Blackberry providing their users with access to the Open Beta of RIM BlackBerry Business Cloud Services for Office 365.
 
This will empower users to become even more productive wherever they are and despite the device they are using.

 
 
From the Office 365 Blog:

 

As part of our vision to deliver the best productivity experience across the PC, browser and phone with Office 365, we’ve been working in partnership with Research in Motion (RIM) to deliver support for BlackBerry smartphones through a new RIM-hosted cloud service for our customers. Details around this new RIM service were first shared back in March 2011, and today we are pleased to let you know that RIM has launched an open beta of BlackBerry® Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365 – a new RIM-hosted cloud-based service for businesses to extend Microsoft Exchange Online to BlackBerry® smartphones and self-manage their BlackBerry deployments in the cloud. You can see RIM’s press release here.

 

BlackBerry® Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365 is available at no additional cost to current enterprise subscribers of the Office 365 suite or standalone Exchange Online. The service works with BlackBerry smartphones on business or consumer data plans. The service offers BlackBerry access to Microsoft Exchange Online email, calendar, and contacts. And IT administrators can provision, manage, and secure their organization’s BlackBerry phones from a convenient web-based console.

 

Microsoft Office 365 customers can sign up for the BlackBerry Business Cloud Services beta at www.blackberry.com/beta/businesscloud.

 

More information is available at www.blackberry.com/cloudservices.

 

Kindest regards,

 

João Ribeiro