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We have exciting news for Microsoft Online Services customers. We are in the process of updating pricing for Hosted BlackBerry Service for Exchange Online to make this service available free of charge. Starting today, BlackBerry mobile e-mail for new Exchange Online customers is now free through our Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS). For existing customers, we expect to be able to provide more information later this month on how you can take advantage of this change.
In addition, this free hosted BlackBerry service from RIM, called BlackBerry Business Cloud Services, will be available for free to Office 365 customers after the RIM service launches later this year.
Blackberry-maker Research in Motion (RIM) will introduce a new BlackBerry cloud-based service later this year. The service will be hosted, licensed and supported by RIM who have committed to offer their new BlackBerry cloud based service for Exchange Online starting at $0 per user per month.
This is a good deal for customers. We want people to have the best productivity experience across the PC, phone and browser, and this agreement shows our commitment in action. Here are just a few benefits this new service model will bring to customers:
The Hosted BlackBerry for Exchange Online service is free; we're cutting the price for new and renewing BPOS customers to $0 starting now. So, with the cost of your regular wireless bill, connecting your phone to BPOS or Office 365 will be free - whether you have a Windows Phone, BlackBerry, iPhone, Nokia E Series or any other phone with Exchange ActiveSync.
RIM's BlackBerry cloud based service will provide more of the latest BES capabilities to Microsoft Online Services customers. For example, administrators will be able to create and manage more device policies, change device passwords and settings, and search across large numbers of BlackBerry users at one time. And, BlackBerry users will have access to self-service functions to manage and secure their own BlackBerry devices online.
In addition, we are confident that this approach will give Microsoft Online Services customers the best BlackBerry service possible directly from the company responsible for BlackBerry technology.
As we launch these services, customers can be assured we'll continue to deliver a holistic experience - from service to support to the admin console. To get BlackBerry cloud based service in the future with Office 365, customers will be able to simply indicate their service need in the Microsoft portal, and a seamless single sign on to our partner's portal will provide access to manage their devices.
BlackBerry service will be available with Office 365 for enterprises with our multi-tenant service. Because of the unique requirements of customers using dedicated infrastructure, we will continue to provide hosted BlackBerry service for them in the future.
We look forward to working with RIM and to delivering a great, free service with more functionality to Office 365 customers.
-Allen, Office 365 Product Manager
Good to hear this.
The focus of this week’s roundup in on Microsoft Online Services. Typically when you hear about
Kicsit lemaradtam róla, hogy publikus a jó hír . Az új BPOS ügyfeleknek mostantól a Hosted BlackBerry
can i start using office 365 in middile east region ?
BPOS will not wirelessly two way sync your BB calendar like BES does without, you guessed it, buying a $50 annual subscription to some third party software
@Charlie: Totally agree with you there. This is just another way for the UK mobile providers to squeeze a little more money out of us, which they seem to be very good at. Not sure if this is the case for the rest of the world? This is one of the first things I would mention to any client trying to decide on the type of devices they want to use for their organisation.
@OP: Great offering otherwise! Nice to see!!
Interesting to note that in the Office365 service discription, it states that the BES service is hosted by RIM. So idea that this is 'free' is a little off the mark. RIM charges MS when MS hosted the service, now it is tobe hosted by RIM. This makes me think that its a clear play by RIM to ensure that they do not lose out when businesses adopt Cloud services. I suspect that MS may even be paid by RIM to deliver it customers....
Lets see when and if other hosters offer this RIM hosted Service and what prices they charge (if any!)
What about the small business Office 365 Plan? Will it be included with it? Additionally, when BES is updated to work with the iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, etc., will that be available here on Office 365?
Is there a chance that for Office 365 SMB that the BES service included would be BESX? As others have mentioned enabling users with BIS accounts to get more of the BES like services would really up the take up. I know from my own company and a few clients this would be a significant push in the direction of Office 365 but they aren't going to switch to BES accounts just for that.
@ResponsetoCharlie: thanks for the information on the BES Express... just to be clear as I cannot find the answer on any of the blogs etc... IS BPOS/Office365(when I am upgraded) compatible with BES Express.
It is great that I can activate a blackberry device with a BIS data plan with Orange and connect to a BES Express setup... but can the BES Express be setup to connect to Office365 for free... which is the whole point of this particular blog...
Thanks for your answers so far everyone... but it really important that if MS is saying Free... that Free means free all the way down the line... It is after all the Gotchas in life that stand up and bite you!
Charlie - we have found exactly the same ie the mobile operator charging large sums for BES usage.
One of the main attractions of using Microsoft Online is to avoid the server costs of MSExhange. As a Blackberry user wanting wireless calendar, folder etc sync it also means though paying a high monthly fee for a BES licence, junking the Blackberry for an active sync phone and tolerating the battery life issues that causes or making do with wired sync.
Wouldnt it be great of MS Online included BES Express functionality so BIS Blackberry users could get the wireless calendar sync too. Otherwise I fear Blackberry's future in the small biz space could be quite limited.
Hi, Good news but it's is now 2 months later, and still no hosted blackberry support for existing BPOS customers. When will this be available?
Can anyone answer charlies question as i to want to use BES Express with my office 365 account.
The below is from RIM s website:
The BlackBerry® Enterprise Server Express is designed to be a secure, centralized link between an organization's wireless network, communications software, applications, and BlackBerry devices. The BlackBerry® Enterprise Server Express integrates with your organization's existing infrastructure, which can include messaging software, calendar and contact information, wireless Internet and intranet access, and custom applications, to provide BlackBerry device users with mobile access to your organization's resources. You can install the BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express on the same server as Microsoft® Exchange or Windows® Small Business Server, or you can install the BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express on a separate server.
Fom what i understand this will enable sync of contacts and tasks over the data plan (BIS) at meaing no need of the costly BES service.
When we looked at it BES Express needed to be installed on a MS Exchange server which we clearly don't have as we are using BPOS. Meanwhile BpOS/365 does not support it instead supporting only BES (cue mobile operator charge) or BIS (cue loss wireless sync of calendar, tasks, folders).....cue loss of blackberry phone soon too unless it can be sorted.