BlackBerry Gets Microsoft Office 365 Cloud E-Mail Support
Research In Motion (RIM) has launched the open beta of BlackBerry Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365, a hosted service aimed at the midmarket that extends Microsoft Exchange Online messaging to the BlackBerry smartphone. As an added bonus, this new BlackBerry cloud service comes with a self-service portal so organizations can manage their own deployment.
The press release confirms that BlackBerry Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365 is open to managed service providers, systems integrators, resellers — basically anyone who handles BlackBerry deployments on behalf of a customer.
Here’s RIM’s list of features of the new service:
- Access to Microsoft Exchange Online e-mail, 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