BlackBerry has unveiled an open beta of cloud services for Microsoft Office 365 for its business customers, a day after Vodafone begun rolling it out.
Research In Motion (RIM) announced the trial of BlackBerry Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365 today (25 October), which will run as an online service for mid-sized businesses and enterprises that extends Microsoft Exchange Online to BlackBerry smartphones.
The company says the move will allow organisations to self-manage their BlackBerry deployments in the cloud, and is launching an open beta for the service in over 30 countries.
Key features include access to Microsoft Exchange Online email, calendar and organiser data from a BlackBerry smartphone, BlackBerry Balance technology to present a unified view of work and personal content on a BlackBerry smartphone.
It also has a web-based console for IT administrators to manage and secure BlackBerry smartphones from anywhere and online 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.
The cloud-based service is available for no additional charge to Microsoft Office 365 mid-sized businesses and enterprises plan subscribers and works with BlackBerry smartphones on business or consumer data plans.
‘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,’ said Alan Panezic, VP at Research In Motion.
‘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.’
Yesterday, Vodafone announced that it has begun rolling out Microsoft Office 365 cloud-based services as part of its One Net product at a cost of £4 per user.