BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 Released

Research In Motion (RIM) today announced the availability of BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 – the next generation of RIM’s secure, push-based server software for business mobility. Version 5.0 is designed to support advanced IT administration features and smartphone control that will help improve the productivity of mobile workers and more effectively meet the demands of large-scale, mission critical enterprise deployment.

BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 enables a secure, centrally managed link between BlackBerry smartphones and enterprise systems, applications, corporate phone environments (with BlackBerry Mobile Voice System) and wireless networks. It tightly integrates with IBM Lotus Domino, Microsoft Exchange, and Novel GroupWise, and is designed to provide highly secure access to email, organizer data, instant messaging, voice (via BlackBerry MVS), browser and other enterprise applications. It also provides advanced security features and administrative tools that simplify the management and use of the BlackBerry solution within the enterprise.

“We are proud to unveil the next generation of BlackBerry Enterprise Server software,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at RIM. “BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 significantly raises the bar for advanced IT manageability, high availability, system monitoring and reporting. It has undergone testing in real world environments for over a year and is available now for customers.”

BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 supports all current BlackBerry smartphones and supports the following smartphone features with BlackBerry Device Software 5.0:

* Remote access to Windows network file shares to allow smartphone users to securely retrieve, view, edit and email documents from behind the firewall.
* Flag emails for follow-up in the same way that flags are used in Microsoft Outlook.
* Create, move, browse, rename and delete email folders directly from the smartphone, and view and attach files from those folders to emails sent from the smartphone.
* View attachments in a meeting request or calendar entry, and forward calendar appointments with attachments.
* Easily manage personal and public distribution lists.
* Use of Calendar Meeting Delegation for IBM Lotus Domino, which allows attendees to delegate invitations to others from their BlackBerry smartphones.

BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 has undergone testing in real world environments for over a year, and is in use today at a number of organizations in North America and Europe, including IBM.

“The new capabilities for handling applications in BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 are exciting,” said Todd Belt, CTO of IBM Mobile Enterprise Services. “These capabilities are of tremendous significance to our enterprise customers as they continue to adopt mobile applications to meet their business needs.”

BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 is available today for IBM Lotus Domino and Microsoft Exchange. For more information on the new versions key features and other details click here

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