BlackBerry makes acquisition and updates e-mail server

BlackBerry maker RIM has acquired software firm Ascendent Systems to further develop the functionality of its “push” e-mail devices.

BlackBerry maker RIM has acquired software firm Ascendent Systems to further develop the functionality of its “push” e-mail devices.

RIM has also updated its enterprise mail server system to help companies achieve easier deployments and add greater functionality when integrating mobile devices with corporate networks.

Ascendent, which has been acquired for an undisclosed sum, will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of RIM.

Ascendent develops software that delivers traditional corporate desk phone services to mobile devices.

The acquisition comes a week after RIM paid out $612.5m (£360m) to settle its long-running patent battle with NTP, which had threatened to close down its US network as a result of patent infringements by RIM.

RIM has also just launched its BlackBerry Enterprise Server 4.1 platform, which allows companies to more easily deliver instant messaging and corporate intranet connectivity to their mobile BlackBerry users.

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