Waterloo, ON – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) announced today the BlackBerry® Client for Microsoft SharePoint, delivering the most advanced mobile SharePoint solution on the market. The BlackBerry Client app provides a deeply integrated and intuitive mobile experience for users together with the market-leading manageability and security of BlackBerry® Enterprise Server, providing a secure and cost-effective solution for businesses and government organizations.
“Our enterprise and government customers asked us to bring a highly refined mobile experience to SharePoint and we are delivering that today with the BlackBerry Client for Microsoft SharePoint,” said Alan Panezic, Vice President, Enterprise Product Management and Marketing at Research In Motion.
“SharePoint is the most popular business collaboration tool on the market with millions of users and growing,” said Jared Spataro, Senior Director, SharePoint Product Management at Microsoft Corp. “We see the BlackBerry Client for Microsoft SharePoint as a welcome addition to the growing portfolio of Microsoft solutions available on BlackBerry for our customers.”
Connectivity between BlackBerry® smartphones and SharePoint servers is made possible with the market-leading BlackBerry® Enterprise Server software. The complete solution features:
- Client app integration with core BlackBerry features and functions such as email, calendar, browser, and Universal Search providing an intuitive user experience
- Check-out, check-in, and versioning of files reflected on the SharePoint server
- Microsoft Office document editing using Documents To Go® (pre-installed on BlackBerry smartphones) to download, create, revise and upload documents
- Access to Blogs, Wikis and Lists and the ability to update from a BlackBerry smartphone
- Content searches across multiple SharePoint sites from a BlackBerry smartphone
In addition to user benefits, the complete solution also comes with many benefits for organizations and their IT departments. Application management and over-the-air provisioning of the Client app is made easy for IT departments with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server. The DataSmart™ efficiency of the BlackBerry solution transmits more data with less monthly data plan usage, allowing organizations to consider smaller or more budget-friendly plans. And CIOs will welcome the fact that confidential company information is being transmitted securely over the wireless network between BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry smartphones.
Companies including Intralot (a global provider of integrated lottery systems and services), Universal IT (a hosting services provider) and Xmobile (a provider of real-time trading apps), as well as a number of Fortune 500 companies and government agencies, plan to roll out the BlackBerry Client for Microsoft SharePoint in the coming weeks.
“In a world of continuous connectivity, businesses and governments require products, services and information faster and more reliably than ever before,” said Victor Garcia, Chief Technology Officer at HP Canada. “The BlackBerry Client for Microsoft SharePoint helps to address the needs of today’s mobile workforce with new tools and mobile applications to enable collaboration and productivity.”
The BlackBerry Client for Microsoft SharePoint is available today in over six languages and more than 25 countries. For more information, visit www.blackberry.com/sharepoint
About Research In Motion
Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content that matter most throughout their day. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. RIM is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com
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