All I can say is HOLY CRAP! I am not sure how this slipped under the radar but Google is currently beta testing Apps Connector for BlackBerry Enterprise Server and will be releasing it free to all Premier and Education accounts in July!!!
This means that companies using Google Apps will be able to setup a BES server for synching and applying policies without Exchange or Groupwise. Admins will be able to install this Apps Connector and it will handle Gmail, Calendar, & Contact synching. The BES just thinks it is talking to a quirky Exchange server. This way admins no longer need to go from device to device and setup BIS and Google Sync!
This also means that Google Apps users will be able to have IT policies and all the other good stuff that comes with BES. I can imagine that many of the newer features will be unavailable like flagging messages but you never know…
MobileCrunch got the details of its capabilities as:
- Gmail with push support, offline access, read/delete sync, spam filtering, and support for archiving/stars right.
- One-way sync (GCal > BlackBerry) with Google Calendar, with support for recurring meetings and meeting notification alerts.
- Two-way sync for contacts.
There still will be no access to Gmail conversations, labels, and search but lets take one thing at a time… This is really going to be a game changer but hopefully RIM will lower the license fees for this type of setup.