RIM offers BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express free of charge

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.

blackberryserver 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.

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  • Woah! It’s awesome to hear that BES can now be availed at no charge!

    I was looking for a Microsoft Exchange alternative and I found Google Apps for Domains. I tried it out and it worked well until I figured that it does not sync the same way Microsoft Exchange syncs with Blackberry phones plus Google Apps for Domains doesn’t have ‘notes’ support. On the bright side, they have this marketplace where you can get some free third-party applications that syncs with your Google applications. ie. Mail Chimp

    I also found out that Microsoft is now offering a cloud-based Microsoft Exchange hosting called Office 365 at a very low price of $2-$27 USD per user per month ($6 for the ‘small business package’). A bit pricier than what Google Apps for Domains offers (from free to $50 per user per year) but offers better (or the best so far) synchronization with the secure BES.

    I believe that combining the free BES and the Office 365 will be unbeatable.