Research In Motion (RIM) announced support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 on the BlackBerry wireless platform. RIM continues to advance the BlackBerry platform for enterprise customers with tightly integrated support for Microsoft's communication and collaboration products including Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Outlook.
"Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 delivers email-based collaboration services that enable companies to make efficient decisions and compete effectively," said Chris Baker, group product manager for Exchange at Microsoft Corp. "BlackBerry is a popular choice for wireless connectivity and we are pleased to work with RIM to help ensure our mutual customers can easily upgrade to Microsoft Exchange 2003 while maintaining their existing BlackBerry infrastructure and deployments."
Microsoft Exchanger Server 2003, the next major release following Exchange 2000, boosts information worker productivity through ubiquitous access to time-sensitive business messaging and calendaring information, as well as enhancements in security, manageability, availability and reliability to help further drive down total cost of ownership.
BlackBerry Enterprise Server software tightly integrates with Microsoft Exchange (including versions Exchange 2003, Exchange 2000 and Exchange 5.5) allowing users to stay connected on the go while providing IT departments with centralized administration, end-to-end security (using Triple DES encryption and support for the S/MIME email security standard), multi-network support and a powerful development platform. BlackBerry Enterprise Server also includes a feature called Mobile Data Service that is uniquely designed to provide ISVs and in-house corporate developers with an environment that supports additional wireless corporate data access and interaction capabilities beyond email. With BlackBerry Mobile Data Service, customers can leverage their existing, approved BlackBerry architecture and security model to deploy reliable, secure, end-to-end applications without any additional infrastructure to learn or support.
Approximately 14,000 BlackBerry Enterprise Servers have been deployed in companies and government organizations worldwide.