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RIM Announces Global Availability of BES Express for Lotus Domino

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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.

Google Updates Google Apps Connector with BES Express Support

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We’re a little late on this update but a few days ago Google updated the Google Apps Connector for BES and it now supports BES Express (the free version of BES). It would be interesting to see how many organizations downloaded BES Express, and just how many unsupported people are now on BES with the new service. The new version of Google Apps Connector features the following changes:

  • Support for BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0.2.
  • Support for BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express.
  • Support for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Server 2008 SP2.
  • Improved Dynamic GAL synchronization.
  • Improvements to some calendar synchronization components to provide enhanced robustness and accuracy.

Read more from Google’s blog.

Dexrex Gear Launches New ChatSync Mobile for Enterprise

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Dexrex Gear, maker of IM, social media, SMS capture and archiving platforms, has taken its BlackBerry SMS archiving software for consumers and reformulated it for enterprise. This new version integrates SMS, MMS, and PIN messaging for companies operating in a BlackBerry environment.

ChatSync Mobile Enterprise provides customers with a one-stop application for the capture, storage and management of text-based communications data through all endpoints. ChatSync can operate as a stand-alone solution, or as part of a larger communications and compliance management system.
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Indian Government May Require BES Emails be Sent to ISPs

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The Indian government’s telecom department has suggested a workaround for accessing encrypted BlackBerry emails. The workaround involves getting unencrypted copies of emails from the BlackBerry Enterprise Server sent to an internet service provider’s monitoring system. Security agencies will be able to work with the ISP’s to obtain any information they desire from these corporate emails.

While BlackBerry corporate email is fully encrypted on a BES when moving between BlackBerrys, it remains unencrypted while it resides on the BES. “Feeding the email from the enterprise server to the ISP’s monitoring systems can, accordingly, help security agencies access the communication in pure text form,” DoT proposal said.
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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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BlackBerry Enterprise Server Service Pack 2 Now Available for Download

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BES admins can now download the BlackBerry Enterprise Server Service Pack 2 and take advantage of some cool new features such as additional metrics, reports and notifications to help monitor the system health as well as user self-service tools and pre-population of messages of up to 3000. Recently, we saw the leaked feature set, which was a pretty clear indication that SP2 was on the way.

BES 5.02 features single sign-on (SSO), initial support for separating business vs. personal content on the BlackBerry, new security self-service options for BlackBerry smartphone users, all new support for Microsoft Hyper-V for server virtualization, and much more.

Remember when we said RIM soft announced features to deal with corporate liable vs employee liable devices? Well it looks like this update is what they were talking about. Remote removal of corporate data from employee-owned devices is a new function built into BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0.2 that is expected to be supported with an upcoming versions of the BlackBerry OS, allowing IT administrators to remove only corporate data from an employee-owned BlackBerry without affecting the employee’s personal information and applications. Additional features for keeping corporate content separate from personal content on employee-owned devices are expected later this year.
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