FAQ: High Level Fact Sheet Comparing BIS To BES

A few days ago Josep sent me a link to a great knowledgebase article that details the differences between BES and BIS. This is a quick fact sheet and does not get down into the gritty details but it is a great resource for explaining the difference to new users.

Check it out at this link or a copy after the jump

Feature BlackBerry Internet Service 2.0 through 2.5 BlackBerry Enterprise Server software versions 4.0 through 4.1
Wireless calendar synchronization No Yes
Computer must be running at all times No No
Computer must have a continuous connection to the Internet No No
Protocol support
  • Post Office Protocol (POP)
  • Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP)
  • Windows Live™ Hotmail®
  • Microsoft® MSN®
  • AOL®
  • CompuServe®
  • Gmail®
  • Yahoo!® Mail
  • Microsoft® Outlook® Web Access enabled account
  • IBM Lotus Domino
  • Microsoft Exchange
  • Novell GroupWise
Desktop email application support
  • IBM Lotus Domino
  • Microsoft Exchange
  • IBM Lotus Domino
  • Microsoft Exchange
  • Novell GroupWise
Configure filters Yes Yes
Email redirection
  • POP
  • IMAP
  • Windows Live Hotmail
  • MSN
  • AOL
  • CompuServe
  • Gmail
  • Yahoo! Mail
  • Microsoft Outlook Web Access
  • BlackBerry Enterprise Server
Folder management No Yes
Backup utilities Yes Yes
Autosignature Yes Yes
Security Email messages sent between the BlackBerry Internet Service and the BlackBerry Internet Service subscriber’s BlackBerry smartphone are not encrypted. When transmitted over the wireless network, the email messages are subject to the existing or available network security model(s).

When you log in to the BlackBerry Internet Service, the data is transmitted over a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) connection.

Email messages sent between the BlackBerry smartphone and the BlackBerry Enterprise Server are encrypted using Triple Data Encryption Standard (Triple DES), Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), or both.

Important: BlackBerry Enterprise Server software versions for Novell GroupWise support AES encryption only.

Access multiple external email mailboxes Yes Only when supported by your wireless service provider.
BlackBerry solution Internet-based work-based
Email message attachment support Yes Yes
4 total comments on this postSubmit your comment!
  1. Yeah, people should keep this point in particular in mind:
    “Email messages sent between the BlackBerry Internet Service and the BlackBerry Internet Service subscriber’s BlackBerry smartphone are not encrypted”.

  2. Yeah I read that too and was surprised.

  3. If i read correctly, if u have BES, then u can’t use gmail, AOL, hotmail, etc.? i dont quite understand that…

  4. BES only handles your work-issued accounts, but BES plans also give you BIS, provided your BES admin allows it. Keep in mind though that BES essentially gives your company keys to everything on the BB, so keep that in mind if there’s anything in your personal email you don’t want your boss seeing.

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