RIM has announced this morning a new free version of BlackBerry Enterprise Server aptly called “BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express”. This is expected to be available in March and allows users to sync their BlackBerry devices with a Microsoft Exchange Server or Windows Small Business Server. According to the press release this morning RIM targeted “two key market opportunities”:
“First, the software offers economical advantages to small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) that desire the enterprise-grade security and manageability of BlackBerry Enterprise Server but don’t require all of its advanced features. Second, more and more consumers are purchasing BlackBerry smartphones and the free BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express software provides a cost-effective solution that enables IT departments to meet the growing demand from employees to be able to connect their personal BlackBerry smartphones to their work email.
Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO, Research In Motion 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.”
More here at BlackBerry.com/besexperss