RIM Unveils BlackBerry Business Cloud Services Beta

Smartphone and tablet maker Research In Motion has started a beta version of the BlackBerry Business Cloud services.

The company states that the new offering has been made with the vision of allowing users to manage their devices remotely, as well as for granting them access to the Microsoft Office 365 application suite.

In addition, IT admins can also use this new technology to access and manage a handset remotely, through a web console. The new offering can also be used for resetting passwords, and for locking down devices whenever required.

"BlackBerry Business Cloud Services is an easy and cost-effective way for businesses and government agencies to extend Microsoft Office 365 to BlackBerry smartphones and manage the deployment in the cloud," Alan Panezic, vice president at RIM in a statement, according to a report by the Register.

"We have been working together with Microsoft and select customers through an early access program and we are pleased to now launch an open beta for the service," Panezic added.

The new service will be made available at no cost for all Microsoft Office 365 mid-sized Business and Enterprise plan subscribers. It is also compatible with the existing BlackBerry consumer and business plans.