Feeds

RIM invites BlackBerry users into MS Office cloud beta

Get an early snort of Office 365 cumulus

Application security programs and practises

BlackBerry users wanting to get into Microsoft's cloudy Office 365 only have a few months to wait, and the properly impatient can sign up for the beta this month.

The Office 365 service will be hosted by RIM and offered free to users; access will be granted to all comers next January, but an open beta launches later this month for those who want to taste the RIM cloud early, as Mary Jo Foley explains.

The announcement follows yesterday's launch of SharePoint for BlackBerry, which enables BlackBerry users to download MS Office documents from a SharePoint repository so they can be edited using the RIM-owned Documents To Go package.

But it falls short of the properly cloudy Office 365, or "BlackBerry Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365" as RIM's offering is rigidly termed. That will offer mobile access to e-mail, calendaring and so forth via RIM's servers, as opposed to the bodge job that currently requires a cable connection for calendar and contacts even if e-mail synchronises properly.

RIM still has serious business credentials, and tying into Office 365 is obviously essential to continue that especially given the company's apparent inability to push far into the consumer market. It's also going to get more important once Windows Phone starts finding its way into offices, which surely can't be far off. ®

Bridging the IT gap between rising business demands and ageing tools

More from The Register

next story
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Attack of the clones: Oracle's latest Red Hat Linux lookalike arrives
Oracle's Linux boss says Larry's Linux isn't just for Oracle apps anymore
THUD! WD plonks down SIX TERABYTE 'consumer NAS' fatboy
Now that's a LOT of porn or pirated movies. Or, you know, other consumer stuff
Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs
Ragegasm spills over as firmware upgrade kills machines
EU's top data cops to meet Google, Microsoft et al over 'right to be forgotten'
Plan to hammer out 'coherent' guidelines. Good luck chaps!
US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account
Crooks don't have folders labelled 'drug records', opines NY beak
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.