RIM has yet to fully spill the beans on their new “Cloud Based BlackBerry Enterprise Service for Microsoft Office 365.” Still we have heard some details from RIM in a webinar we covered along with Microsoft’s announcement. Now we have a better understanding of RIM’s angle on this one from their official BlackBerry for Business blog.
In a nutshell this new cloud based BlackBerry service is intended to offer a “set of features similar to BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express that is priced competitively with ActiveSync services.” In other words RIM is confirming what I have been saying all along. BES Express is not enough since it still requires another server and is too limited. What RIM really needs is to move the BES server to the BIS solution or make it a hosted solution any company can use for free.
What’s interesting is RIM has actually added more features in this Cloud BES such as allowing for more user self service like remotely locking their own devices or wiping them. If this service is something you have been looking for I highly recommend checking out Roger’s article about it here.