It seems like just yesterday Network Computing was evaluating BlackBerry Enterprise Server 4.0 for Microsoft Exchange in our mobile e-mail roundup. Since then, Research In Motion has made some significant upgrades, forging ahead with its product offerings despite the current legal wranglings with NTP. BES 4.1, the back-end platform that handles communications with BlackBerry handhelds, includes improvements in management, administration and instant messaging, and brings updates to the Mobile Data System.
I tested a late beta of 4.1 for Microsoft Exchange in our Syracuse University Real-World Labs®, analyzing new capabilities, such as its support for Web Services and a visual tool for creating forms-based applications. This version, as well as one for IBM Lotus, will be out later this month or early next; a version for Novell GroupWise will follow soon.
RIM helped me unleash the gadget geek inside by sending the newly released BlackBerry 8700c, though you can take advantage of the new capabilities on any BlackBerry with 32 MB or more of Flash memory. Other Blackberry devices still will have baseline functionality for groupware synch and e-mail capabilities, but they won't be able to take advantage of BES' newer features, such as enterprise IM. BES 4.1 supports three enterprise IM servers: IBM Lotus Sametime, Microsoft Windows Messenger/Live Communications Server 2005 and Novell GroupWise Messenger.
Unified management interface
User group administration facilitates management of large and small deployments
Visual development tool eases the pain of developing mobile applications
MDS applications not fully integrated with other device management capabilities
Some features only available for newer BlackBerry handhelds meeting minimum memory requirements
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