April 21 2011

Remember back only a few years ago when the BlackBerry Enterprise Server would knock your small business back a few thousand dollars to have email delivered to your BlackBerry.  Now, BlackBerry users have many options including a new offering from Research In Motion and Microsoft.

Microsoft Online Services customers are in for a very special treat very soon. Microsoft Online Services (BPOS, soon to be rebranded to Office 365 and is now available in public beta), is in the process of making BlackBerry services available at no cost to their subscribers.  New Exchange Online customers will now be able to use the BlackBerry mobile e-mail for free through Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS). Existing customers are going to have to wait for further information about the change and how they can take advantage of it.

Research in Motion (RIM), the makers of BlackBerry and the now released PlayBook, is also all set to introduce a new BlackBerry cloud-based service this year. The service will be hosted, licensed and supported by RIM, and Exchange Online will be offered through their new BlackBerry cloud-based service.

Office 365 aims at providing the best productivity experience across the PC, phone and browser; and this new service model is just another step for them to meet their goals.

Here are a few reasons why you should opt for this new service model versus looking at other alternatives:

  • Lower costs: The Hosted BlackBerry for Exchange Online service is free of cost. This means connecting your phone to BPOS or Office 365 will be absolutely free.
  • More Capabilities: Microsoft Online Services customers will be able to use the latest BES capabilities. Administrators can create and manage more device policies, change device passwords and settings, and search across large numbers of BlackBerry users at one time. BlackBerry users will also be able to gain access to self-service functions for managing and securing their own BlackBerry devices online.
  • Holistic experience: Customers can rest assured because Office 365 will be providing its services to meet your expectations. Customers will simply have to indicate their service need in the Microsoft portal, and BlackBerry cloud-based service with Office 365 will be made available.

We know that many BlackBerry users are frustrated with Google Sync and other tools tied to the Google mail service.  Businesses can now have a robust business communication platform from Microsoft and supported by your Grande Prairie Microsoft Partner at a price comparable to Google’s Enterprise Applications and continue to use the tools that they are used to using.

Written by Darren Boyer

Darren Boyer

Darren Boyer is the founder and president of pcit.

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