RIM has announced their plan to offer BlackBerry Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365. This new RIM-hosted online service is geared toward midsized businesses and the enterprise market. The service allows organizations to manage their own BlackBerry deployments in the cloud.
RIM, Microsoft and select corporate clients have been working together on this new service and have just announced the launching of the open beta in over 30 countries. The new service provides mobile enhancements to Office 365 with a focus on easy management and keeping deployment costs low.
- Access to Microsoft Exchange email, calendar and organizer data from a BlackBerry
- Integrated BlackBerry Balance technology, which presents a unified view of work and personal content while keeping the content separate and secure
- A web-based console for IT administrators to provision, manage and secure their BlackBerry deployments 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
- 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.
The cloud-based service is available for no additional charge to Microsoft Office 365 Midsized Businesses and Enterprises plan subscribers and works with BlackBerry smartphones on business or consumer data plans.
Microsoft Office 365 customers can sign up for the BlackBerry Business Cloud Services beta here.
For more info, check out the BlackBerry Business Cloud Services PDF.