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SharePoint add-on may be coming to BlackBerry 5.0

by | Oct 15, 2010

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion appears poised to offer native support of SharePoint on its mobile devices for the first time.BlackBerry maker Research In Motion may be preparing to offer Microsoft SharePoint on its smartphones, according to a recently leaked document.

CIO recently posted documentation from RIM on the yet unannounced BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 Service Pack 3 software update, which makes multiple mentions of some sort of SharePoint application or add-on.

While BlackBerry users have been able to use Microsoft’s popular enterprise content management software through third-party vendors for some time, the document suggests RIM is stepping in to offer some form of native support.

Details on the service pack update are sparse, but the new SharePoint app is referred to in at least six new BlackBerry Enterprise Server IT policies.

RIM has not confirmed or denied the rumors, and it is not yet known when the application or add-on will become available. However, according to CIO, the service pack software update is expected to arrive in the coming months.

In related news, RIM recently released a patch to fix a PDF-related security flaw in the BlackBerry Enterprise Server. According to RIM, the flaw could potentially allow a hacker to access an organizations’ BlackBerry Enterprise Server infrastructure due to vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange and IBM Lotus Domino.