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BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 now available for Microsoft Exchange and IBM Lotus Domino.

Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) has announced that BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 for Microsoft Exchange and IBM Lotus Domino is now available. BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 offers exceptional manageability, enhanced security and simplified application development. End-users will also benefit from a range of enhancements that improve the overall wireless experience.

"BlackBerry continues to be the leading wireless data platform for enterprise and government organizations around the world and BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 raises the bar even further," said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. "The majority of our BlackBerry Enterprise Server customers have already begun supporting wireless data applications beyond email and version 4.0 provides significant enhancements to support this trend."

"As one of the world's largest law firms, it is essential for us to remain connected to clients and colleagues while away from our desks, out of the office or in the courtroom," said Chad Manaton, IT Systems Manager, Holland & Knight LLP. "With the new BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0, our IT department can easily manage our BlackBerry deployment and lawyers are provided with advanced wireless data connectivity, all while meeting our strict security requirements."

"Our trial of BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 was deemed to be extremely successful for SRP," said Jeff Fantin, Analyst, Salt River Project (SRP). "We anticipate a huge increase on our return on investment due to the new wireless deployment features and the handheld management tools. RIM has really taken their wireless solution to the next level with the release of BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0."

BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 continues to build upon and enhance many of the core features that have made BlackBerry the leading wireless platform for corporate and government users. New features include:

Simplified Deployment and Maintenance--BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 enables users to quickly connect their handheld to BlackBerry Enterprise Server with cradle-less wireless provisioning, making it easier for IT departments to deploy BlackBerry throughout their company. IT administrators can also use the handheld configuration tool to centrally load handheld software and provision handhelds with appropriate user data.

Enhanced Handheld Asset Control--IT departments with BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 are provided with additional statistics regarding handhelds that are deployed for enhanced administration and asset tracking. IT departments can remotely control which applications can be installed on handhelds.

Additional Wireless Security Capabilities--BlackBerry sets the standard for secure wireless data access with support for Triple DES and S/MIME and FIPS 140 (Federal Information Processing Standards) government certification. With BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0, additional security features are offered though full support of AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) and content protection on the handheld with local data encryption. Additional features include an optional AES encrypted password keeper application that securely stores password entries (e.g. banking passwords and PINs), wireless IT policy support, wireless password controls, wireless lock/wipe commands and wireless encryption key regeneration.

Increased Access Control--IT administrators can now control which application servers are allowed to push content to handhelds through BlackBerry Mobile Data Service, and control the application servers that users can access through BlackBerry Mobile Data Service. This functionality provides IT administrators more granular control of users accessing content with either a pull or push model.

Offline Improvements--The BlackBerry Browser now supports automatic queuing of web page requests if the user is outside a wireless coverage area when the web page is initially requested. These web page requests are formatted correctly and then queued, similar to how emails are queued when composed while out of coverage. This capability can be used for form submission/applications so forms can be completed on the handheld and sent without worrying about coverage conditions. When back in coverage, these submissions are submitted automatically with responses returned to the queue within the BlackBerry Browser so users can view them.

Enhanced Wireless Experience--BlackBerry continues to add functionality to enhance the end-user experience. BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 provides customers with an enhanced data experience through improved attachment handling capabilities (including the ability to view images, footnotes and track changes), an enriched browser for wireless access to Internet and intranet applications and complete cradle-free wireless synchronization of all email and organizer applications, including the ability to remotely control email filters and out-of-office replies from the handheld. BlackBerry Handheld Software v4.0 also includes enhanced phone features, such as an improved user interface and an A to Z speed dial.

Simplified Application Development--BlackBerry provides a robust wireless platform to support enterprise applications such as CRM and business intelligence as well as more specialized applications in sectors such as real estate, health care, legal, government and financial services. BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 provides an enhanced browser and Java development tools that enable developers to easily create and deploy applications for BlackBerry. The Mobile Data Service feature of BlackBerry Enterprise Server is uniquely designed to provide ISVs and in-house corporate developers with an environment that supports corporate data access and interaction capabilities beyond email. With BlackBerry Mobile Data Service, customers can leverage their existing, approved BlackBerry architecture and security model to deploy reliable, secure, end-to-end applications without any additional infrastructure to learn or support. BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 also features new development toolkits including additional APIs for browser and phone applications and content protection.
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Publication:EDP Weekly's IT Monitor
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Date:Nov 29, 2004
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