RIM updates free Blackberry Enterprise Server Express software

Research in Motion (RIM) has released the latest version of its free Blackberry server software for enterprises and small businesses, allowing wireless synchronisation between Blackberry smartphones and corporate systems.

Research in Motion (RIM) has released the latest version of its free Blackberry server software for enterprises and small businesses, allowing wireless synchronisation between Blackberry smartphones and corporate systems.

RIM's Blackberry Enterprise Server Express is a free, limited version of Blackberry Enterprise Server, using the same security architecture as the full version.

Blackberry Enterprise Server Express 5.0.2 supports Microsoft Exchange 2010, 2007 and 2003, Windows Small Business Server 2008 and 2003, and Blackberry smartphones on both business and personal Blackberry data plans.

"In a marketplace where smartphones are becoming ubiquitous, Blackberry Enterprise Server Express significantly raises the bar by providing a cost-effective solution that allows companies of all sizes to support enterprise-grade mobile connectivity for all employees without compromising security or manageability," said Mike Lazaridis, president of RIM.

Blackberry Enterprise Server Express was launched in February to allow small and mid-sized businesses access to a limited version of the Blackberry Enterprise Server as well as allowing IT departments to connect users' personal Blackberry smartphones to work e-mails.

Features include: single sign-on, tools for securing lost or stolen devices, additional web browser support for Blackberry Administration Service and Blackberry Web Desktop Manager, and added support for Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft Hyper-V 2008 and SQL Server 2008.

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