Google Apps Connector for BES

Posted on 22. Aug, 2009 by in BlackBerry

Back in May the Google Enterprise team announced plans of integrating Google Apps with BlackBerry Enterprise Server, and yesterday they announced that it is now available.

Today, our team is excited to let you know that this integration is complete. Now, customers of Google Apps Premier and Education Editions can give their users access to Google Apps email, calendar, and contacts from the built-in BlackBerry applications that many users are already accustomed to. The tight integration between our connector and the BlackBerry Enterprise Server lets administrators manage BlackBerry access using the tools and policies they’re already familiar with.

Features include:

    • Messages sent to your Gmail in-box are pushed to your BlackBerry within 60 seconds.
    • Emails read/deleted on your BlackBerry are marked as read/deleted in Gmail, and vice-versa.
    • Emails archived/starred on your BlackBerry are archived/starred in Gmail, and vice-versa.
    • BlackBerry folders are synchronized with labels in Gmail.
    • You can search for contact information of coworkers from the global address list on your BlackBerry.
    • Contacts in Gmail are automatically synchronized with your BlackBerry address book.
    • You can view your Google Calendar schedule with the native BlackBerry application, with one-way synchronization from Google Calendar to your BlackBerry device. Two-way calendar sync with the ability to accept, decline and schedule meetings from your BlackBerry device is not available with this release but we are working on it.
    • Administrators can use the management and security tools that are part of BlackBerry Enterprise Server.

This is available for Google Apps premier and Education Edition users now by downloading the Google Apps Connector for BlackBerry Enterprise Server.’

This is a great thing for RIM in the fact that it will encourage companies to purchase BlackBerry Enterprise Servers who would never have considered it before. For the entire announcement and more information visit the Official Google Enterprise Blog.

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