Office 365: how to enable BlackBerry Business Cloud Services

Microsoft is in Beta Release of the Hosted Blackberry service for Office 365, called BlackBerry Business Cloud Services from RIM.

As of late, there has been a huge interest BlackBerry Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365. Please note that the general availability of the service is expected to be in January, 2012.  Microsoft is currently accepting participants for their Open Beta Program starting in October.  BlackBerry Business Cloud Services provides a secure link between your organization’s Microsoft Office 365 messaging services and BlackBerry smartphones. BlackBerry Business Cloud Services provides mobile access to email, calendaring and organizer data with Exchange Online.

In order to use this service, you will have to have a Microsoft Online Services ID and valid Office 365 service in place. You will then have to sign up to BlackBerry Business Cloud Services Beta on the RIM website; this will allow you to access the Office 365 Admin page to manage your users’ BlackBerry Business Cloud Services. This is the first step on our way to enabling BlackBerry Business Cloud Services.

In the Resources section under “Setting up email on mobile phones”  the following message now appears:

Set up BlackBerry® Business Cloud Services

 You can enable and set up BlackBerry Business Cloud Services from Research In Motion (RIM®) to enable your BlackBerry smartphone users to have a more integrated experience with Exchange Online.

To enable the service, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be an Office 365 global administrator.
  • Your company must have an enterprise subscription that includes Exchange Online.

Enable BlackBerry Business Cloud Services

 Once enabled, the Admin page will have a new service that the company’s Global Admins can manage:

Authorized Services

BlackBerry® Business Cloud Services from Research In Motion (RIM®)

Add and remove BlackBerry® smartphones, reset passwords, wipe devices.

Manage | Support | Remove service

 The Manage link takes you to the “BlackBerry Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365 Provisioning” site.

If you are already a BlackBerry Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365 beta participant and require assistance, please contact BlackBerry Technical Support at 1-877-255-2377 or email support and have your support code available. For other support options please visit BlackBerry support.

If you are interested in future BlackBerry® Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365 beta programs please visit blackberry.com.

Please keep an eye on the Navigator blog for more news and updates about this great Microsoft offering.

Free Blackberry Enterprise Server for Microsoft BPOS/Office 365

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Microsoft is in the process of updating pricing for Hosted BlackBerry Service for Exchange Online to make this service available free of charge, according to a new official blog post from them today.

Starting today, BlackBerry mobile e-mail for new Exchange Online customers is now free through our Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS).  For existing customers, we expect to be able to provide more information later this month on how you can take advantage of this change.

Hosted Blackberry service will be free with Office 365, after the new cloud productivity suite launches later this year.

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