Microsoft and RIM to launch free BES service?

By on March 17, 2011
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Amid rumors of a free MobileMe service offering from Apple, Microsoft and RIM teams upto to provide their own free solution.

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According to a source close to ZDNet, Microsoft and RIM are about to unveil a new Blackberry Enterprise Service solution that will be entirely free for Microsoft Exchange 2010 Online users.

Presently, Exchange users must pay $10 to make use of a Microsoft-hosted Blackberry Enterprise Service which provides them wireless access to email, calendar, tasks and contacts, as well as a remote wipe option to reset their Blackberry handsets.

This comes amid strong rumors of a free version of MobileMe being available when Apple will unveil the next iPhone.

The new free-BES is currently aimed only at existing users, with no details on if the same will be available for new BB users as well.

“RIM is the only mobile OS that doesn’t use (Microsoft) ActiveSync-aware devices and has a separate device management platform – the BES environment” said the ZDNet source.

RIM is hold a “Blackberry for Business” webcast today, where the company aims to announce new and additional cloud services for BB devices.


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