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BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) 5.0 details



The details about the upcoming BES 5.0 have been released on BB Forums Australia. RIM has updated their website to include all the product documentation (including video tutorial) for BES 5. BlackBerry Partners will now be able to download the software (Exchange and Domino) from the BlackBerry Universe which indicates a release date isn’t too far away.

Included PDF Documentation:

* Release Notes
* BESX Install Guide
* Upgrade Planning Guide
* BESX Upgrade Guide
* Feature and Technical Overview

Other Inclusions on the Forum:

* BES 5.0 Video Tutorial
* BES 5.0 for Exchange
* BES 5.0 for Domino

Note that if you purchase 4.1 now the 5.0 update isn’t free. You will continue to get service pack updates for 4.1 until it is “end of life” (approximately 24 months). So if you’re about to buy a BES, you should really consider waiting for the release. BES Express can be upgraded but you will still be limited to your 15 users. Expect more details soon.



(Rumor) AT&T BlackBerry Curve 8900, Niagara 9630, BES 5 at WES 2009


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BGR is spreading rumors again and since they’re usually pretty accurate in hindsight, I’ll repost. During WES 2009 (May 5 to 7 in Orlando, Florida), there are a few rumors we can expect to possibly come to fruition.

The first rumor surrounds the launch of the AT&T 8900 Curve. This rumor is backed by the fact that AT&T has pushed out the service books for the device, which is usually an indication of a coming launch.

Also expect the announcement of the BlackBerry Niagara 9630. The device, as seen in CB’s recent video and impressions post, is a slick looking device with dual-band 1xRTT/EV-DO from the CDMA side, quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and a 2100MHz band of UMTS/HSDPA from the GSM side. The device is expected to launch in Canada late May/early June with a Verizon launch some time around June/July.

We may also see BES 5.0 get just about ready to be released. Along with this announcement, we may also see RIM come clean about OS 5.0, even though the Internet has already gotten its hands on it.

The final two rumors are sketchy but we can all hope they’ll come true. RIM might be showcasing an LTE BlackBerry device at WES. The device will likely not be available for trial, but will just be there to show that RIM is working on such a device. Nonetheless, it will be great to get confirmation that this is in the works.

Last but not least, it seems RIM might announce they’re working on a device with a 1 GHz processor. The device wouldn’t be available for 9-12 months, but it would surely be a hot item for both consumer and enterprise.



More BES 5.0 information revealed — release date, features


Longtime friends of BBCool, Simon Sage and Al Sacco, were at RIM’s media event in New York yesterday (we couldn’t attend because of a scheduling conflict, sigh) and both were able to grab more info on RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 – codenamed Argon. First to release dates, where RIM claimed a Q2 release date for BES 5.0. This may seem like lip service considering Argon was due to launch, oh, nine WES’ ago, but according to RIM, beta versions have been in the hands of companies for the last year, and in use internally for two, so I’m confident we’ll see it soon.

In addition, our boy Simon was able to grab an extended BES 5.0 feature set from what we posted yesterday – you can find it after the jump. If you’re still hungry for more Argon info, Al Sacco has written a great article on the Five (BES) 5.0 Features CIOs Need to Know About. As always, we’ll post more about Argon as we learn more.

BES 5.0 Extended Feature List

RIM announces BES 5.0


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RIM announced today the impending release of the latest version of its BlackBerry Enterprise Server. BES 5.0 will add a bunch of new features to improve the BlackBerry experience for enterprise users. Here’s a quick list of what’s been announced:

* Retrieve corporate documents behind firewalls
* Add, read, rename and delete folders on the handset and have those changes be applied to the desktop email client
* Create rules within the inbox to filter email and have those changes be applied to the desktop
* View attachments in calendar entries and meeting requests
* Download and store emails and email attachments onto microSD cards

It definitely sounds like the main focus of BES 5.0 is improving desktop/BlackBerry interaction in regards to email and calendaring functions. I’m also really excited about being able to take better advantage of the microSD card. We’ll let you know more about BES 5.0 as soon as we get it.