RIM Partners with Microsoft for 'Cloud' Efforts
Research In Motion and Microsoft have struck a new agreement that will help RIM better serve its business customers. Under the terms of the agreement, RIM's BlackBerry customers will be able to access their personal data via Microsoft's Office 365 service. Businesses will also be able to move their BlackBerry Enterprise Servers to off-site data centers, which RIM says will help push out updates to BES and BlackBerries faster and more securely. The services are still being tested and will be rolled out during the next few months. This will let BlackBerry users get the information and data they need without having to go to local hard drives and/or servers. RIM anticipates that a lot of its customers will be migrating critical business data to the cloud this year and next, and sees this feature as a necessity moving forward. Specifics of the partnership weren't made clear.
BlackBerry to Remain In Pakistan After Issues Resolved
BlackBerry today said it has come to an agreement with the government of Pakistan that will allow it to remain in the country. Last month, BlackBerry said it would leave Pakistan in order to protect the privacy of its users.
BlackBerry, Samsung Announce Security Tie-Up
BlackBerry and Samsung today agreed to sell one another's security software. The joint effort is meant to help Samsung sell more phones and to help BlackBerry win more BES customers.
TCL to Be Sole Maker of BlackBerry Phones
BlackBerry today said moving forward TCL Communications, the parent company of Alcatel, will be responsible for designing, manufacturing, selling, and supporting all BlackBerry-branded smartphones. The companies struck an agreement that sees TCL licensing BlackBerry's security software and service suite along with the BlackBerry brand.
BlackBerry to Acquire AtHoc
BlackBerry today said it has agreed to acquire AtHoc for an undisclosed sum. AtHoc provides secure crisis communications for businesses so they can push critical data in real-time during business- or life-threatening events.