Every time I see the words Microsoft and RIM in the same story I think back to a couple years ago, when Microsoft was rumored several times to be buying RIM. However this story is quiet different! Apparently Microsoft just shared the news that they have cut the normal $10/month fee for BES down to $0 for their Exchange Online BPOS customers. Apparently the $0 BES will also be available on Microsoft’s upcoming Office 365 solution as well. Microsoft also went on to say:
“Blackberry-maker Research in Motion (RIM) will introduce a new BlackBerry cloud-based service later this year. The service will be hosted, licensed and supported by RIM who have committed to offer their new BlackBerry cloud based service for Exchange Online starting at $0 per user per month.”
So it looks like RIM will be introducing a cloud based BES for small business as well! Interesting stuff coming down the pipeline. You can read up on Microsoft’s blog post here.