RIM launches BlackBerry Business Cloud services for Microsoft Office 365

Research In Motion (RIM) has announced availability of BlackBerry Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365, a new service for business and government organizations that extends Microsoft Exchange Online to BlackBerry smartphones and allows customers to manage their BlackBerry deployments in the cloud.

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.

“This new cloud-based option allows customers to cost-effectively support mobility across their organizations and easily manage and secure their BlackBerry deployments. We continue to build upon the end-to-end BlackBerry solution for our business and government customers with both on-premise and cloud-based solutions, a range of technical support options to suit any size organization, and a growing ecosystem of apps and services for users,” said Alan Panezic, RIM’s VP for enterprise product management and marketing in a media release.

“The availability of BlackBerry Business Cloud Services is great news for Office 365 and BlackBerry customers who want to get the maximum benefit from these two business collaboration services,” said Julia White, senior director of Microsoft’s Exchange Product management group.

BlackBerry Business Cloud Services offers advanced administration and flexible smartphone self-service features to support an organization’s BlackBerry deployment in the cloud.

Key features include: wireless synchronization with 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; an intuitive web-based console for IT administrators to provision, manage and secure BlackBerry smartphones from anywhere and 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

The service is also ideal for 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.

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