Ever since Microsoft (News - Alert) released Office 365, more than 150,000 organizations worldwide from independent professionals to large enterprises have been leveraging this innovative solution. Cashing in on the popularity of Office 365, Research In Motion (RIM) – a provider of BlackBerry (News - Alert) solutions and services - has rolled out the open beta version of BlackBerry Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365 last year. Now, the company has announced the general availability of this service.
The BlackBerry Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365 is a service designed for business and government organizations that extend Microsoft Exchange Online to BlackBerry smartphones.
According to RIM, the BlackBerry Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365 provides advanced administration and flexible smartphone self-service features which will support an organization's BlackBerry deployment in the cloud. Managed service providers, systems integrators, carriers, resellers and other partners can also use this cloud service to manage BlackBerry deployments on behalf of their customers. In general, it facilitates customers to manage their BlackBerry deployments in the cloud.
Alan Panezic (News - Alert), VP of enterprise product management and marketing at RIM, said in a statement, "RIM is pleased to launch BlackBerry Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365. This new cloud-based option allows customers to cost-effectively support mobility across their organizations and easily manage and secure their BlackBerry deployments," said.
Compatible with BlackBerry smartphones on business or consumer data plans, the new BlackBerry Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365 is available at no additional charge to current medium-sized or enterprise subscribers of the Office 365 suite or standalone Exchange Online.
Currently available in more than 50 countries, the BlackBerry Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365 provides wireless synchronization with Microsoft Exchange Online email, calendar and organizer data from a BlackBerry smartphone.
Featuring an intuitive Web-based console for IT administrators to provision, manage and secure BlackBerry smartphones from anywhere, the new BlackBerry Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365 also provides 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.
In addition, the new BlackBerry Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365 also features the BlackBerry Balance technology, which facilitates a unified view of work and personal content on a BlackBerry smartphone while keeping the content separate and secure.
Panezic added, "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."
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Edited by Jamie Epstein