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RIM Announces Global Availability of BES Express for Lotus Domino

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BES Express

Today, RIM announced the global availability of BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express for Lotus Domino. BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express is free software that wirelessly synchronizes BlackBerrys with email, calendar, contacts, notes, tasks and more. The BES Express solution is ideal for organizations that do not want to spend money on extra BES licenses but want more employees to get the productivity of a BES setup.

With BES Express connected to IBM Lotus Domino, BlackBerry users will be able to:

  • Wirelessly synchronize email, calendar, contacts, notes and tasks
  • Manage email folders and search email on the mail server from their smartphones
  • Book meetings and appointments, accept meeting requests, check availability and forward calendar attachments
  • Set an out-of-office reply
  • Access files stored on the company network
  • Use mobile applications to access business systems behind the firewall

More information available in the press release.

BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express Updated to 5.0.2

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The free version of BES, BES Express, has been recently updated to version 5.0.2. BES Express allows businesses to wirelessly connect a BlackBerry to the corporate network, without having to pay for additional BES licenses. BES Express uses the same security architecture and includes a subset of the over 500 IT policies and features available with the full BlackBerry Enterprise Server software.

BES Express can be installed on the same server as Microsoft Exchange or Windows Small Business Server to connect up to 75 BlackBerrys, or on a separate server to support up to 2000 devices per server, and currently supports Microsoft Exchange 2010, 2007 and 2003, and Windows Small Business Server 2008 and 2003. BES Express can be connected to BlackBerrys on either business or most personal BlackBerry data plans.
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RIM Soft Announces New BlackBerry Feature for Employee-Liable Devices

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We have been talking a lot about employee-liable versus corporate-liable BlackBerrys for a long time here on BlackBerryCool. Ahmed Datoo of Zenprise summed it up best in this article about BES Express. The idea is that smartphones have become so prevalent that every organization needs to deal with devices on their network that haven’t been explicitly deemed “corporate safe”. These devices are called employee liable, as in the employee is liable for the device as it hasn’t been approved. There is no way to stop the shift towards employee liable devices, as employees are becoming much more aware of the smartphones they purchase, and being a player in the mobile industry requires you understand all platforms available.
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Verizon Will Require Customers With BES Express to Upgrade Data Package

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One of the value propositions of BES Express was that corporate users would be able to use their BIS data plans on a BES, thus saving the company money on data plans and a BES license. It turns out Verizon will be requiring all users on BES Express to upgrade their data plan to the corporate rate. It seems RIM may have been unaware Verizon was going to do this, as they said “This means if you can browse the Internet from your BlackBerry smartphone today you are already on a service plan that can be used with BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express.” This is now technically incorrect.
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Frequently Asked Questions About BES Express

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The official BlackBerry blog have put up a FAQ answer page for BES Express, with a few helpful details about the new service. BES Express means you get full push and sync BlackBerry services, and your IT department gets a secure management system, all for free. The services will not cost your organization additional licenses, making it very affordable. Personally, I’m still waiting to hear more about how BES Express will interact with Google Apps, and a few of the commenters have asked this question.

Head over to Inside BlackBerry to read the FAQ.

BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express Now Available

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RIM have made BES Express officially available for download today. The free server software is a watered down version of BES that allows SMBs to wirelessly sync data on Exchange or a Windows Small Business Server. BES Express works with Microsoft Exchange 2010, 2007 or 2003, and Windows Small Business Server 2008 or 2003. For more information and the free software download, visit blackberry.com/besexpress. To view a demo, go here.