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RIM to launch BlackBerry client for SharePoint

by | Jan 17, 2011

RIM will soon introduce a BlackBerry client for Microsoft SharePoint.Research In Motion, manufacturer of BlackBerry smartphones, recently announced it will launch an application that enables users to transfer data from Microsoft's popular enterprise collaboration platform SharePoint directly to their handheld devices.

Announced at a recent enterprise-focused event in Boston, the feature will reportedly be available early this year.

Though the BlackBerry remains the most popular smartphone among enterprise users in the United States, it has lost a significant amount of market share to competitors Google and Apple in recent years. Integrating SharePoint with the smartphone should enable it to make up some ground or, at least, slow the loss.

According to AllThingsD, the application will work with both SharePoint 2007 and 2010 versions and integrate email, calendars, Documents To Go and other BlackBerry programs.

With the increasing number of employees using their mobile devices to perform work-related tasks, integrating enterprise content management solutions for smartphones and tablets is becoming a growing trend. H3 Solutions recently announced its Mobile Entree 2.2, an application designed to ease wide deployments of SharePoint for mobile devices.