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BlackBerry Business Cloud Services Launches for Microsoft Office 365

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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.

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RIM Announces BlackBerry Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365

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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.

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Microsoft Office Document Editing Software for BlackBerry Reviewed

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Since the release of the BlackBerry Presenter and the announcement of the iPad I’ve been thinking more about mobile word processing. Until now I was satisfied just using the notepad and email functions to export the note-taking I do on my BlackBerry, onto my desktop. When iPad’s iWork word processing got debuted, I started thinking about how great it would be to get advanced word-processing features on my text-nimble BlackBerry.

After some testing I found myself wondering why bold, italics, and basic text formatting aren’t part of the BlackBerry experience. I would love it if I could compose BBMs or emails in bold, italics, and strikethroughs.

Here are some of the solutions I tried. Both had about as much ease of purchase and registration as any game or theme, which was surprising for such valuable mobile utilities.
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ScanR to textify pics snapped from BlackBerry

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scanRThis is pretty awesome right here. Take a picture of any text (document, business card, whiteboard, etc.) and so long as it’s in focus, ScanR will convert the image into a PDF, DOC, or vCard, depending on what you’re sending. All you have to do is send the image to one of three e-mail addresses, and you’ll get an automated reply with the processed file. You can always access the original pictures and their results from their website, too. Be warned, only the newer camera-toting BlackBerrys with a 2.0 megapixel camera will do the trick for this service. Definitely didn’t work on my old 8100. Keep an eye out for a launch this week. Thanks Ronen!

BeamBerry updated

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BeamBerryThe document viewer BeamBerry got updated to version 2.0 over the weekend. BeamBerry is a cool little app that lets you view, print and store PDF, Word, PPT, XLS, RTF and ZIP files on your BlackBerry. Pretty handy stuff, there. The big changes in the new version?

“The key new feature introduced in this release is the ability for users to attach documents that they have stored on BeamDisk to new e-mails. The release also includes numerous improvements in the areas of performance, reliability and security, and contains fixes for several bugs discovered in previous versions (e.g. various problems with BeamPrint).”

It’s still in beta, but I reckon these guys will be going commercial pretty soon. Better get in on the free software while you can.

Dynoplex BIS prices dropping

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DynoplexJosep at Miblackberry just let us in on some price drops and changes that will be coming to Dynoplex soon. These guys do office applications for your BlackBerry, but they’re looking to appeal to individual BIS customers a little more. Their eOffice suite, which lets you view and edit a bunch of document types, is getting its three packages folded into one nice and tidy $100 package. MasterDoc, which is sitting at $79.95 is getting cut to $49.95. That app reads various file formats and lets you fax from your BlackBerry. Finally, their spell checker, eSpell, will be available for a cool $19.95, and offers SMS, IM, Calendar spell checking, in addition to the standard e-mail.