With more and more people, especially business employees, switching to smartphones, Research In Motion (RIM) announced recently at the Mobile World Congress that they are offering the BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express free of charge.
This new BlackBerry server software allows companies to wirelessly and securely synchronize BlackBerry® smartphones with Microsoft® Exchange or Microsoft® Windows® Small Business Server.
The decision to offer BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express for free is to address two key market opportunities. For small and mid-size businesses who wants the enterprise-grade security and manageability of BlackBerry Enterprise Server but don’t require all of its advanced features. And to provide IT departments the capability to give the growing number of BlackBerry smartphones consumers the ability to connect their personal smartphones to their work email.
BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express works with Microsoft Exchange 2010, 2007 and 2003 and Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2008 and 2003 to provide users with secure, push based, wireless access to email, calendar, contacts, notes and tasks, as well as other business applications and enterprise systems behind the firewall. Importantly, the new server software utilizes the same robust security architecture found in BlackBerry Enterprise Server.
BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express is expected to be available as a free download in March.