BlackBerry Announces Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365

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Press Release :

WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Oct. 25, 2011) – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMMNews; TSX:RIMNews) today announced BlackBerry® Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365 – a new RIM-hosted online service for midsized businesses and enterprises that extends Microsoft Exchange Online to BlackBerry® smartphones, and allows organizations to self-manage their BlackBerry deployments in the cloud. An open beta for the service is launching today in over 30 countries.

"BlackBerry Business Cloud Services is an easy and cost-effective way for businesses and government agencies to extend Microsoft Office 365 to BlackBerry smartphones and manage the deployment in the cloud," said Alan Panezic, Vice President at Research In Motion. "We have been working together with Microsoft and select customers through an early access program and we are pleased to now launch an open beta for the service."

"BlackBerry Business Cloud Services will help accelerate how BlackBerry customers can realize the full benefits of the best productivity experience across the PC, browser and phone with Microsoft Office 365," said Julia White, Senior Director of Microsoft’s Exchange Product Management Group. "This new service delivers valuable enhancements to Office 365 while preserving the cost and business agility benefits the cloud offers to organizations of all sizes."

Key features include:




-- Access to Microsoft Exchange Online email, calendar and organizer data
from a BlackBerry smartphone


-- BlackBerry(R) Balance(TM) 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


Managed service providers, systems integrators, carriers,

resellers and other partners can also use the cloud service to manage BlackBerry deployments on behalf of their customers.

A number of Fortune 500 customers and several government agencies in the US participated in an early access program and are among the many organizations that already plan to use the service.

Microsoft Office 365 customers can sign up for the BlackBerry Business Cloud Services beta at www.blackberry.com/beta/businesscloud. The cloud-based service is available for no additional charge to Microsoft Office 365 Midsized Businesses and Enterprises plan subscribers and works with BlackBerry smartphones on business or consumer data plans.

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



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  • http://twitter.com/efjay01 Ef Jay

    So now when BB goes down it will take Office 365 with it for those that choose this service? Sounds like a great deal.

    • Geokots

      What does this have to do with O365 going down? This just allows BB to work with O365. O365 will work with all other devices, BB or not.

    • J A

      If RIM datacenters go down, it will only affect those Blackberry users that use the Blackberry serfvice and others who don’t use their service will be fine.