Office Exchange Online available through BlackBerry Cloud
New cloud service from RIM will extend Office Exchange Online to BlackBerry devices
Research In Motion (RIM) has announced BlackBerry Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365, which will deliver Microsoft Office Exchange Online to BlackBerry devices.
The cloud service, which is hosted by RIM, will allow mid-size and enterprise Microsoft 365 to access Microsoft Exchange Online email, calendar and organizer data from a BlackBerry smartphone, along with giving them access to self-management of devices.
The service, which is now available in beta, enables administrators to provision, manage and secure BlackBerry smartphones from anywhere, and also allows employees to access self-service smartphone security functions, allowing them to reset a device password or remotely lock or wipe a device in the event of loss or theft.
The services also includes BlackBerry Balance technology, which presents a unified view of work and personal content on a BlackBerry smartphone while keeping the content separate and secure.
"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."