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Microsoft is in the process of updating pricing for Hosted BlackBerry Service for Exchange Online to make this service available free of charge, according to a new official blog post from them today.
Starting today, BlackBerry mobile e-mail for new Exchange Online customers is now free through our Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS). For existing customers, we expect to be able to provide more information later this month on how you can take advantage of this change.
Hosted Blackberry service will be free with Office 365, after the new cloud productivity suite launches later this year.
The release went on to say Blackberry-maker Research in Motion (RIM) will introduce a new BlackBerry cloud-based service later this year. The service will be hosted, licensed and supported by RIM who have committed to offer their new BlackBerry cloud based service for Exchange Online starting at $0 per user per month.
Customers who cited concerns around cost to support blackberry devices, may feel a sense of calm. Through this action, Microsoft has level the playing field for Windows, Apple, Droid, and RIM devices. Blackberry-centric customers can take advantage of cloud solutions without a financial penalty.
Microsoft’s blog post states this change will help customers, especially with lowering costs, adding capabilities (e.g. letting admins manage more device policies) and offering a “holistic experience.”
Read the full post here.