At long last RIM has announced the first update to BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express. This is a product they announced and launched at Mobile World Congress back in January, simply it's BES for the rest of us. Most small and medium businesses were scared of BES because of high upfront cost and each new BlackBerry added a new CAL cost so BESx rode to the rescue with its attractive price tag of FREE. For a more detailed explanation of BES and BESx see previous article.

Today is the first update to this product. And it's good to see updates for this exciting product as it reinforces that they are committed to BESx. Many of the upgrades are features that were included in the Service Pack 2 upgrade to BES last month.

  • Single sign-on (no passwords needed to securely access the intranet, files or business systems "behind the firewall," BlackBerry Web Desktop Manager and BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express' BlackBerry Administration Service)
  • New employee self-service tools for securing a lost or stolen device
  • Added web browser support for BlackBerry Administration Service and BlackBerry Web Desktop Manager, including Internet Explorer 8, Mozilla Firefox 3.6, Google Chrome 4.0 and Safari 4
  • Added support for Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft® Hyper-VTM 2008, and SQL Server 2008
  • Now available in 7 languages, including English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese and Brazilian Portuguese
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