Research in Motion has partnered with Microsoft to make a new Blackberry enterprise service available for the cloud based Office 365 suite.
The new RIM-hosted service, which will be available in mid-2011, will be similar to BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express platform and will be initially available for Exchange Online for Office 365 on a subscription basis.
The company said in a blog post that the service will be available with no per user per month cost provided that customers have a BlackBerry service plan. RIM said that the new service will eventually replace the existing Microsoft-hosted BlackBerry enterprise service BPOS.
RIM revealed that the platform will come with new admin controls, allowing IT administrators to use Blackberry Balancing technology to keep corporate data separate from personal data on Blackberry devices. Administrators will also be able to group users for ease of management and create and manage multiple policies.
“This latest addition to RIM’s cloud based services signals a new era of possibilities for enterprise customers. RIM is committed to an open and collaborative partner ecosystem with support for open architecture and tools, multiple platforms and cloud implementations that work for our partners and customers,” the company said in a statement. You can find more about Microsoft's Office 365 here.