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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
Thanks for your answer. I´ve tried Notifysync and it is not the same than BES Express and also you have to pay. The syncronization is not as complete with NotifySync as it is with the RIM solution. Also Microsoft would make a good competition to Google offering that to all paid accounts; Google offers it and it is a big motivation to jump from this Microsoft Cloud solution to Google Solution.
So what is the real ETA for BES on Office 365? Q3? Q4? Q1 2012? We really need to know so we can develop a game plan and position our customers accordingly. We have clients whom we will be transitioning from Gmail and we need some sort of integrated calendaring and email solution with O365 before making the switch.
I can't find any authoritative information about BES on O365 aside from this thread, so please Microsoft, let us know some additional details.
Any updates at all? Is everyone just holding off all client with BB users?
I am waiting to transfer my company to hosted BES and office 365.
Now i am using Google apps and Exchangemymail.com Hosted BlackBerry for Google Apps.
While this setup works i will prefer what Microsoft an Rim will offer.
I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! keep up the good work.
Desperate for further information regarding this topic. We are due to transfer from local exchange to hosted exchange and heavily reliant on BES. The short term fix appears to be NotifySync but its no where near as good as the 'traditional' BES sync we have at present. I hope something is released soon to provide at least some confidence that progress is being made!! COME ON RIM!
I put together a blog post about this and it looks like it will be Q4 of 2011 before a final solution is released. Check out more atblog.webactivedirectory.com/.../rim-gets-closer-to-cloud-based-blackberry-enterprise-service-bes-for-office-365
Can anyone tell me if the ability to remotely wipe a BB device currently exists sans the Hosted BES Service? For example: If I have a user on Office 365 Exchange P1 and that user loses their BB phone, will I be able to remove all sensitive customer information?
So what's the status of hosted BES/BESX for small bus folks on Office 365. Just curious when I'll be able to stop forwarding my Office 365 email to my BB address (or hotmail) to get it on my device as a push service?
Oops, sorry, must have missed the blog URL by Jason Cox immediatately above my post. Embarassing. Thanks for the update Jason.
Why wait so long for a solution that is already implemented and supports all devices, not just BlackBerry.
The above instructions won't work for me. I'm on a BES plan not BIS, is that the issue?
When will RIM/Microsoft officially support this? Any idea?
The news is getting better here as the service is in beta as of yesterday. Check out the latest post on our blog at blog.webactivedirectory.com/.../october-update-on-rim-blackberry-bes-and-microsoft-office-365 for more information about the January 2012 release and the beta program.
As part of our vision to deliver the best productivity experience across the PC, browser and phone with
Great news, Office 365 fans! Earlier this morning--very early for your humble blogger based here in Redmond