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RIM Mobilizes Microsoft SharePoint on BlackBerry

By Bla1ze on 3 Oct 2011 12:33 am EDT
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Microsoft Sharepoint

Press Release

WATERLOO, ONTARIO - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) announced today the BlackBerry® Client for Microsoft SharePoint, delivering the most advanced mobile SharePoint solution on the market. The BlackBerry Client app provides a deeply integrated and intuitive mobile experience for users together with the market-leading manageability and security of BlackBerry® Enterprise Server, providing a secure and cost-effective solution for businesses and government organizations.

"Our enterprise and government customers asked us to bring a highly refined mobile experience to SharePoint and we are delivering that today with the BlackBerry Client for Microsoft SharePoint," said Alan Panezic, Vice President, Enterprise Product Management and Marketing at Research In Motion.

Connectivity between BlackBerry® smartphones and SharePoint servers is made possible with the market-leading BlackBerry® Enterprise Server software. The complete solution features:

  • Client app integration with core BlackBerry features and functions such as email, calendar, browser, and Universal Search providing an intuitive user experience
  • Check-out, check-in, and versioning of files reflected on the SharePoint server
  • Microsoft Office document editing using Documents To Go® (pre-installed on BlackBerry smartphones) to download, create, revise and upload documents
  • Access to Blogs, Wikis and Lists and the ability to update from a BlackBerry smartphone
  • Content searches across multiple SharePoint sites from a BlackBerry smartphone

In addition to user benefits, the complete solution also comes with many benefits for organizations and their IT departments. Application management and over-the-air provisioning of the Client app is made easy for IT departments with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server. The DataSmart™ efficiency of the BlackBerry solution transmits more data with less monthly data plan usage, allowing organizations to consider smaller or more budget-friendly plans. And CIOs will welcome the fact that confidential company information is being transmitted securely over the wireless network between BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry smartphones.

"In a world of continuous connectivity, businesses and governments require products, services and information faster and more reliably than ever before," said Victor Garcia, Chief Technology Officer at HP Canada. "The BlackBerry Client for Microsoft SharePoint helps to address the needs of today's mobile workforce with new tools and mobile applications to enable collaboration and productivity."

A number of Fortune 500 companies and government agencies plan to roll out the BlackBerry Client for Microsoft SharePoint in the coming weeks.

The BlackBerry Client for Microsoft SharePoint is available today in over six languages and more than 25 countries. For more information, visit www.blackberry.com/sharepoint.

About Research In Motion

Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content that matter most throughout their day. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. RIM is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ:RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.

Forward-looking statements in this news release are made pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws. When used herein, words such as "expect", "anticipate", "estimate", "may", "will", "should", "intend," "believe", and similar expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by RIM in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that RIM believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Many factors could cause RIM's actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including those described in the "Risk Factors" section of RIM's Annual Information Form, which is included in its Annual Report on Form 40-F (copies of which filings may be obtained at www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov). These factors should be considered carefully, and readers should not place undue reliance on RIM's forward-looking statements. RIM has no intention and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. RIM, Research In Motion and BlackBerry are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be pending or registered in other countries. All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. RIM assumes no obligations or liability and makes no representation, warranty, endorsement or guarantee in relation to any aspect of any third party products or services.

23 comments

_StephenBB81

Oh Please let this be the first step in Getting MS Office on my BlackBerry!! or at the very least on My PlayBook!!

melander

Sharepoint on a MS Windows client does not need BES. In similar fashion, I'm using Sharepoint already on my Playbook with Shareplus Lite.

bomb3rs

Agreed! This looks like a sign of good things to come!

bulls2213

This is HUGE for enterprise.

_StephenBB81

Not really.

Sharepoint still isn't adopted as much as Microsoft would like

BUT!! that said, I think with a BB Sharepoint App that will Help Microsoft see greater adoption since most of their user base who WOULD use Sharepoint have BlackBerry's

123berryaddicted

Ah... And maybe this is also a sign of other things to come... silverlight on playbook would ne nice....

Thunderbuck

I wouldn't count on that. Even Microsoft seems to be moving away from Silverlight in favor of HTML5.

Believe it or not, this is a good thing.

bulls2213

Netflix needs to make that transition already.

melander

A lot of people have cancelled their Netflix streaming. It's not as big as it used to be.

123berryaddicted

You're right. Who cares about netflix. Silverlight is much larger than that... Many businesses use it, as does mine. I would absolutely LOVE to have silverlight support on my pb. I would even pay for it. Reading the forums on the topic of silverlight (keeps popping up every so often), it appears as though I'm not alone in this.

Thunderbuck

This is an outstanding announcement, and handily reinforces how important BB is for businesses.

This is great for SMB and Enterprise.

lnichols

Bring out Playbook support you clowns!

sofakingcdn

It already is. Click the link.

Al Sacco

I believe the SharePoint app has been available since August. It's been listed for sale on RIM's site since then, at least.

http://blogs.cio.com/blackberry/16457/microsoft-sharepoint-blackberry-ap...

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marcodoy

Do you know if it comes with BES or purchase seperately? The announcement is not clear. The web site says we have to purchase it but???

jedwards73

Got all excited for a minute. Excitement dropped a little when it said you need to purchase. Well OK, I'll pay a few bucks. Excitement dropped more when it said you needed a "BlackBerry Social Networking Application Proxy", a what? Then all excitement left when it said the SNAP server needed a dedicated server. Nevermind, must not be geared towards the small business.

So who knows much this thing costs, anyways? Do you have to pay for the SNAP server software also?

Turk54

Once again my hopes have been dashed once you look at the fine print. Whereas this is targeted to Enterprise users, what about the SMB (Small & Medium Businesses)? As a previous poster pointed out, first it requires BES and not BESX. Second, it requires the purchase of a separate dedciated SNAP processor and software. Third, it requires the purchase of the client software itself. All small and most medium sized businesses can't afford the the additional cost of the extra hardware and software to provide this access to its employees. We are a small business that uses Sharepoint, and unfortunately we will not be able to take advantage of this product at all. I believe this is another miss by RIM.