RIM announces BlackBerry Balance for 'work-life balance' on a single smartphone

By on May 2, 2011 at 9:15 AM.

RIM announces BlackBerry Balance for 'work-life balance' on a single smartphone

Among the stream of announcements from Research In Motion’s BlackBerry World conference in Orlando, the Waterloo-based phone maker on Monday announced its new BlackBerry Balance solution for keeping users’ work and personal data separate on a single BlackBerry smartphone. The solution essentially allows work-related data to be stored in such a manner that it is not accessible to apps the user might install for personal use, like Twitter or Facebook. Work data also cannot be copied and pasted into personal apps when BlackBerry Balance is enabled. “BlackBerry Balance is a win-win for employers and employees,” said RIM’s SVP of software and services, Jim Tobin, in a statement. “It’s a secure and cost-effective way for companies to keep employees connected and productive, while also allowing the flexibility for employees to carry a single phone.” BlackBerry Balance is an included feature in the latest version of RIM’s BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express software, and it can be utilized on company-owned or employee-owned BlackBerry smartphones running BlackBerry OS 6 or later. Hit the jump for the full release. More →

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BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express gets official

By on February 16, 2010 at 9:18 AM.

BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express gets official

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Big news out of Barcelona today as RIM has announced BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express, the software we exclusively told you about a couple of days ago. Simply put, BESX allows SMBs with a Microsoft Exchange or Windows Small Business Server to take advantage of the following BES features without having to splurge on the pricey software:

  • Wirelessly synchronize their email, calendar, contacts, notes and tasks
  • Manage email folders and search email on the mail server remotely
  • Book meetings and appointments, check availability and forward calendar attachments
  • Set an out-of-office reply
  • Edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files using Documents To Go®
  • Access files stored on the company network

Deployment of BESX shouldn’t be much of an issue for most SMBs as the software is compatible with Microsoft Exchange 2003, 2007 and 2010 as well as Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 and 2008. In terms of security, RIM says BESX has “the same robust security architecture found in BlackBerry Enterprise Server” whilst allowing IT admins to oversee over 35 IT policies and controls, including password controls and remote wiping. The BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express software itself will be free, but we’ve been told RIM will charge $5 per user per month. Furthermore, BESX does not need users to be on a BES data plan which translates to even more savings. Pretty damn awesome if you ask us. One huge downside we’ve heard? BESX will not support enterprise activations (OTA deployment).Look for the software to drop next month if all goes well. More →

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