Posted by: seanv | November 30, 2009

BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 SP1 Released

Research in Motion has publicly released BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 Service Pack 1.  This release adds many new welcomed features such as:

  • Support for Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008
  • Support for Windows® Internet Explorer® version 8
  • Support for Microsoft® Exchange Web Services
  • Support for Open Document Format
  • Additional Language Support
  • Enhancements to the BlackBerry Monitoring Service inclusive of a dashboard which can be accessed by mobile devices.
  • Enhancements to the BlackBerry Administration Service inclusive of right-click menus.

For a full list of changes, check out the release notes.

You may have read an earlier post of mine called Exchange 2010 & BlackBerry Support, where I point out the current incompatibility problems and where RIM should focus their coding: EWS (Exchcange Web Services).  The release of BES 5.0.1 is the first release for RIM to incorporate EWS into their product.  At this point, we can use EWS to replace CDO & MAPI for the purposes of Calendaring, while the remaining mailbox functionality will still be provided by MAPI.  This is a great first step and we can look at eliminating the use of CDO which has been a source of frustration for many.  I am looking forward to seeing (if there are any) improvements on calendaring issues and Exchange performance by utilizing EWS.  I will also remind you all that the release of EWS support also paves the way for the highly anticipated announcement of Exchange 2010 compatibility.  We will hopefully receive an update from RIM on this within ten days.

Your friendly neighbourhood Exchange Admin.

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