Office 365 Now Supports Blackberry
Microsoft announced last week that the support for Research in Motion’s (RIM) Blackberry product is already in beta testing and soon to be released. They are working directly with RIM to deliver support for the smartphones through a new RIM-hosted cloud service. Unlike previous instances of RIM cloud support, there will be no charge with services starting as low as $0/month.
This support will be free for current enterprise subscribers of the Office 365 suite or standalone Exchange Online. This very clearly exempts P1 plan small business users, IE: if you want blackberry support you need to use the enterprise licensing.The service provides BlackBerry access to Microsoft Exchange Online calendar, email, and contacts. IT administrators will be able to provision, manage, and secure their organization?s BlackBerry phones from a simple web-based console (see image at bottom of page).
Key features include:
– Access to Microsoft Exchange Online email, calendar and organizer data from a BlackBerry smartphone.
– BlackBerry? Balance? technology, which presents a unified view of work and personal content on a BlackBerry smartphone while keeping the content separate and secure.
– A 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 reset a device password or remotely lock or wipe a device in the event of loss or theft.
Microsoft Office 365 customers can sign up for the BlackBerry Business Cloud Services beta here: BlackBerry Business Cloud
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