RIM announced a series of updates for the BlackBerry platform that include enhanced messaging, new admin tools, and enhanced security.

Some of the more interesting improvements include:

Document Downloading and Editing - “Documents To Go” by DataViz will be integrated into the BlackBerry platform, enabling users to edit Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files directly on the BlackBerry.

Remote Search for Messages - Users will be able to search for and retrieve email messages from their email server even if the message is no longer stored on their BlackBerry.

Free-Busy Calendar Lookup - Users on the go will be able to check the availability of colleagues before sending a meeting request.

HTML and Rich Text Email Rendering - Users will be able to view HTML and rich text email messages with original formatting preserved including font colors and styles, embedded images, hyperlinks, tables, bullets and other formatting.

These new BlackBerry platform enhancements are scheduled to be phased in to new software releases during the first half of 2008 and will be showcased at Lotusphere this week. You can see the original press release with the full set of features here. And for more information visit www.blackberry.com/go/serverupdate.

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