Canada-based Research In Motion has announced its support for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, providing an enhanced real time instant messaging and presence experience for corporate customers using the BlackBerry enterprise solution.
According to Research In Motion (RIM), the support for Microsoft Office Communications Server (MOCS) 2007 advances the features and functionality already available on the BlackBerry platform for Microsoft Live Communications Server 2005. The new offering includes an instant messaging application (BlackBerry IM client) for BlackBerry smartphones that provides enhanced presence information and integration with core BlackBerry smartphone applications including the phone, browser, address book and calendar.
Key features of the complete solution, which requires BlackBerry Enterprise Server 4.1.6 or higher, handsets running BlackBerry Device Software 4.1 or higher, and the new BlackBerry IM client for use with Office Communications Server 2007, include: one-to-one or multi-party instant messaging; auto presence setting based on activity; control access to presence and contact information; and usage controls for the enterprise.
Mark Guibert, vice president for corporate marketing at RIM, said: BlackBerry support for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 brings the latest advances in enterprise instant messaging and presence into a seamless user experience on BlackBerry smartphones for businesses and government organizations. The complete solution presents opportunities for significant gains in productivity and responsiveness for teams in an increasingly mobile world.