RIM Introduces BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express

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BES express

RIM launched the BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express today, a free service that lets users wirelessly and securely sync their BlackBerry with Microsoft Exchange or MS Windows Small Business Server. This new offering is targeted at SMBs that want a slightly watered down version of BES. The press release says it is also targeted to consumers, but I’m having a hard time understanding what consumers will be able to take advantage of this.

There are millions of new BIS customers using BlackBerrys but they don’t have servers to install any of this software. I’m not sure why RIM thinks this is going to benefit them. On the other hand, I do think this is a great announcement for SMBs that don’t have enough employees to merit a full BES purchase and still want the basic functionality.

Features include:

  • Wirelessly synchronize their email, calendar, contacts, notes and tasks.
  • Manage email folders and search email on the mail server remotely.
  • Book meetings and appointments, check availability and forward calendar attachments.
  • Set an out-of-office reply.
  • Edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files using Documents To Go.
  • Access files stored on the company network.
  • Use mobile applications to access business systems behind the firewall.

Lets hope RIM does something to address the purely consumer side with something like this.

Press release.

Look out for BES Express in March.

  • http://caspan.com/ Caspan

    I'm wondering if RIM will allow hosting providers to offer this as a service for free to go along beside Exchange hosting? That would rock if I could get hosting email from GoDaddy and get free light BES with it. Work has my email so I am lucky enough to be a business that has BES. Could you imagine the amount of sales hosting would get if adding this for free to Exchange accounts!

  • http://caspan.com Caspan

    I'm wondering if RIM will allow hosting providers to offer this as a service for free to go along beside Exchange hosting? That would rock if I could get hosting email from GoDaddy and get free light BES with it. Work has my email so I am lucky enough to be a business that has BES. Could you imagine the amount of sales hosting would get if adding this for free to Exchange accounts!

  • Chris

    A couple of months ago I setup a Blackberry Professional Server and had to purchase BES Licenses. Whats the difference between the BES Express & the Professional Server? Is the Professional Server going EOL or will it still be updated?

  • Chris

    A couple of months ago I setup a Blackberry Professional Server and had to purchase BES Licenses. Whats the difference between the BES Express & the Professional Server? Is the Professional Server going EOL or will it still be updated?

  • Chris

    A couple of months ago I setup a Blackberry Professional Server and had to purchase BES Licenses. Whats the difference between the BES Express & the Professional Server? Is the Professional Server going EOL or will it still be updated?

  • Chris

    A couple of months ago I setup a Blackberry Professional Server and had to purchase BES Licenses. Whats the difference between the BES Express & the Professional Server? Is the Professional Server going EOL or will it still be updated?