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Old 09-27-2004, 07:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default [09-27-2004] Enterprise 4.0 Release Candidate Avialable

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WATERLOO, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 27, 2004--Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq:RIMM) (TSX:RIM) today announced that its BlackBerry Enterprise Server(TM) v4.0 Release Candidate is available. Existing BlackBerry customers with Microsoft(R) Exchange and IBM Lotus(R) Domino(TM) environments can sign up to preview the product by visiting

"BlackBerry Enterprise Server is the leading wireless data platform for corporate and government organizations with over 24,000 servers operating around the world. We are dedicated to continually enhancing the BlackBerry platform and building upon its inherent security, reliability, manageability and extensibility features," said Mike Lazaridis, President and co-CEO at Research In Motion. "We are pleased to now offer a preview of the BlackBerry Enterprise Software v4.0 Release Candidate so that customers can begin testing and experience the enhanced features."

BlackBerry(R) is an award-winning wireless platform that helps users stay connected to people and information on the go. Key features of BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 include: simplified deployment, enhanced handheld asset control, additional wireless security capabilities, enhanced wireless experience and simplified application development.

Simplified deployment - 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 departments will be able to easily maintain control over BlackBerry without requiring centralized IT deployment or device fulfillment.

Enhanced handheld asset control - IT departments with BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 will be provided with additional statistics regarding handhelds that are deployed for enhanced administration and asset tracking. IT departments will also be able to 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 (Data Encryption Standard) and S/MIME (Secure Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) and FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standards) government certification. With BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0, BlackBerry offers additional security features though full support of AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) and content protection on the handheld with local data encryption.

Enhanced wireless experience - BlackBerry continues to add functionality to enhance the end-user experience. BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 will provide customers with an enhanced data experience through improved attachment handling capabilities, enriched browser for wireless access to Internet and intranet applications and complete cradle-free wireless synchronization of all email and organizer applications. Enhanced phone features, such as improved user interface and speed dial, are also available.

Simplified application development - BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 provides an enhanced browser and Java development tools that will 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 Software v4.0 is currently a widely available Release Candidate. General availability is expected later this year.
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FYI, just got an inquiry from Novell asking how many beta licenses we'll need with our GroupWise enabled BES 4.0 beta package. Hopefully we'll make the cut and I'll be able to post some decent reviews of 4.0 capabilities.
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