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RIM Releases BlackBerry Client for Microsoft SharePoint

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Microsoft SharePoint is an essential tool for many large organizations and for a long time RIM hasn’t had much support for it. In the meantime, many organizations have looked to solutions such as WICKSoft, a company that we have covered extensively on BBCool. More about RIM’s SharePoint solution after the break.
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Official SharePoint Client for BlackBerry Coming This Year

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We’ve recently heard about some of the updates coming to the BlackBerry Platform with respect to the enterprise side of things including cloud-based BES solutions. Alec Taylor, vice president of product marketing at RIM, has confirmed that we’ll also be seeing an official SharePoint client for BlackBerry that lets you manage documents and calendar events for your device.
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SilverDust SharePoint Access App Updated with Workflow Support

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SoftArtisans just released version 2.4 of SilverDust for SharePoint and BlackBerry integration. SilverDust provides enterprise BlackBerry users, many in the financial and energy industries, with secure access to SharePoint content. Users can download and upload to document libraries, check in/check out files, edit lists, perform SharePoint workflow, and more. SilverDust integrates with Active Directory security and provides advanced management capabilities including remote provisioning and remote wiping. The latest version of SilverDust provides support for SharePoint Workflow with BlackBerry Calendar integration.
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WICKSoft Introduces Enterprise Calendar Sharing With MoreCalendars

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WICKSoft is a veteran company in the world of 3rd party BlackBerry apps. The company has been around for 4 years now, and has become the leader in SharePoint and Exchange integration on the BlackBerry.

Recently, WICKSoft launched a very powerful and exciting new calendar sharing solution, WICKSoft MoreCalendars, that is going to make some big waves in both the public and private sectors.

Traditionally, the BlackBerry has focused on personal information— PIM. Yet many organizations, using Microsoft Exchange or SharePoint, often share access to things like calendars.

Let’s look at two examples, which many of us can relate to – delegate calendars, and shared calendars:

  • Delegates are when one person has access to another person’s calendar and is something built in to Outlook on the desktop. For instance, an executive assistant might have delegate access to an executive’s calendar so that they could check for availability and sometimes even schedule appointments on behalf of the executive.
  • Shared, public, and group calendars. This could be something like a tradeshow schedule, a project planning calendar, a corporate events calendar, or even just the schedule for a meeting room in the company. Shared calendars are something also supported by Outlook, usually called Public calendars, and also by SharePoint.

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Nokia VP talking smack about RIM too early

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On Wednesday, Microsoft and Nokia announced an alliance to bring enterprise software to smartphones. The move is an explicit targeting of RIM’s core business and dominance in the smartphone market.

The alliance looks good on paper with Microsoft Office representing the vast majority of office software, and Nokia representing the majority of global handsets. Nokia’s VP, Robert Andersson, has already started calling out RIM.

“This is giving some of our competitors — let’s spell it out, RIM — a run for their money,” said Nokia executive vice-president Robert Andersson, in a telephone interview. “I don’t think BlackBerry has seen the kind of competition we can provide them now.”

The alliance will make Microsoft Office readily available on Nokia devices and provide greater integration of Microsoft products into Nokia devices.

So what does this mean for BlackBerry? Well it isn’t obvious just yet. Microsoft products are already easily viewed on a BlackBerry, and there are a host of options for users creating, editing and sharing Microsoft products from their BlackBerry device. So far, the alliance is boasting that the Nokia E-Series will now be imbued with the following features:

  • The ability to view, edit, create and share Office documents on more devices in more places with mobile-optimized versions of Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft OneNote
  • Enterprise instant messaging and presence, and optimized conferencing and collaboration experience with Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile
  • Mobile access to intranet and extranet portals built on Microsoft SharePoint Server
  • Enterprise device management with Microsoft System Center

The number of organizations that use the E-Series device is relatively small in North America and the above features are easily implemented in organizations that use BlackBerry. While there may be some cost savings on the software side for organizations, it isn’t enough incentive for an organization to change their entire device structure.

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Quest Web Parts for SharePoint streamlines customization and development

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Microsoft Office SharePoint Server is an essential part of many organizations. The server provides essential business tools such as content management and enterprise search, accelerated shared business processes, and generally better information sharing.

Quest Software, have announced that the latest version of Quest Web Parts for SharePoint. Quest Web Parts is a suite of tools to help build and customize more robust Sharepoint sites, applications, menus and dashboards through configuration rather than code.

Quest Web Parts for SharePoint takes many of the mundane and repetitive tasks associated with SharePoint’s web part configuration. With these tools, you save time and costs by accelerating the process. In addition, the latest version also includes a new DiscussionView web part that improves the ability to easily follow and track discussions, as well as dramatically improved charting functionality.

If you’re at The SharePoint Technology Conference, check them out at booth 109.

Otherwise, you can visit their website for more details and pricing.