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Research In Motion announces BlackBerry services for Microsoft office

Canadian mobile phone manufacturer RIM has unveiled BlackBerry Business Cloud Services, for Microsoft Office 365, in an open beta of the service for over 30 different countries.

Research In Motion has launched BlackBerry Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365, which is a new RIM-hosted on-line service for mid-sized businesses and enterprises.

This extends Microsoft Exchange Online to BlackBerry mobile phones, by allowing organisations to self-manage their BlackBerry deployments in the cloud.

The key features include: access to Microsoft Exchange Online email, calendar and organiser data from a BlackBerry smartphone; BlackBerry Balance technology, which presents a unified view of work and personal content on a BlackBerry smartphone while keeping the content separate and secure

Also, a web-based console for IT administrators to provision, manage and secure BlackBerry smartphones from anywhere; on-line access to employee self-service smartphone security functions, allowing users to reset a device password or remotely lock or wipe a device in the event of loss or theft

Microsoft Office 365 customers can sign up for the BlackBerry Business Cloud Services beta at, where more information is available at

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Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.