RIM has announced a new service that extends Microsoft Exchange to BlackBerry 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 functions with BlackBerry deployments on business or consumer data plans.
Last November, Microsoft announced that 40 percent of the top 100 brands use Office 365 or similar cloud productivity services from Microsoft. Combined with over 90 percent of the Fortune 500 already using BlackBerry, the announcement provides even more services for the businesses using BlackBerry and Microsoft Office 365.
Here are some features and benefits of the new service:
- Wireless synchronization with Microsoft Exchange Online email, calendar and organizer data from a BlackBerry
- BlackBerry Balance 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 deployments from anywhere
- Online access to employee-liable devices’ 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 now available in over 50 countries, for more information visit the BlackBerry Cloud Services information page.