BlackBerry rolls out software for small businesses with support for Microsoft servers

BlackBerry has launched new software for the Microsoft Exchange and Windows Small Business Servers.

The introduction of BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express will allow wireless and secure synchronisation of BlackBerry smartphones with the Microsoft servers.

BlackBerry manufacturer Research In Motion (RIM) said that the free software will offer economical advantages to small and mid-sized businesses that desire the enterprise-grade security and manageability of BlackBerry Enterprise Server, but do not require all of its advanced features.

It will work with Microsoft Exchange 2010, 2007 and 2003 and Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2008 and 2003 to provide users with secure, push-based, wireless access to email, calendar, contacts, notes and tasks, as well as other business applications and enterprise systems behind the firewall.

Mike Lazaridis, president and co-CEO at RIM, said: “Today we are announcing an exciting new offering that further expands the market opportunity for the BlackBerry platform. In a marketplace where smartphones are becoming ubiquitous, BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express significantly raises the bar by providing a cost-effective solution that allows companies of all sizes to support enterprise-grade mobile connectivity for all employees without compromising security or manageability.”

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