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RIM launches small business BlackBerry software

BlackBerry Professional Software debuts

RIM today released a BlackBerry software package designed for businesses with up to 30 wireless users.

RIM focused on streamlining installation and administration with the software, the company said. As a result, 'BlackBerry Professional Software' can scan a server before installation and suggest a configuration.

On the administration side, the software has a manager interface that can be used to add or delete users and define user policies.

The Professional Software shares some of the same capabilities as the BlackBerry Enterprise Server, such as encryption and the ability to use third-party applications developed for the platform.

The BlackBerry Professional Software can be installed on the same server as a company's email application, such as Microsoft's Exchange or IBM's Lotus Domino server. The Professional Software, available worldwide, costs $499 (£250) for five users or $849 (£425) for 10 licences.

RIM is also running a promotion through to the end of this month that will give businesses five Professional Software licenses if they have bought five new BlackBerry devices.

Visit our Small Business Advisor website to catch the latest reviews of business IT products

In other RIM news in the UK, the company launched the BlackBerry Pearl 8120 smartphone with operator O2. The BlackBerry Pearl 8120 has a 2Mp digital camera, Wi-Fi connectivity, a memory card slot, email and web-browsing features (exclusive review here)

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