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    BlackBerry Mobile Voice System for Seamless Enterprise Voice Integration

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    Research In Motion (RIM) today introduced the BlackBerry Mobile Voice System (BlackBerry MVS), the first integrated enterprise solution to enable the seamless convergence of a BlackBerry smartphone with an office desk phone. This integrated offering includes enhancements to the BlackBerry Device Software, BlackBerry Enterprise Server and Ascendent Voice Mobility Suite from Ascendent Systems (a subsidiary of RIM) and allows BlackBerry smartphone users to be securely authenticated to the enterprise telephony system (PBX).

    The new BlackBerry Mobile Voice System encompasses:

    - BlackBerry MVS Client (a component of BlackBerry Device Software)

    - BlackBerry MVS Connectors (a component of BlackBerry Enterprise Server)

    - Ascendent Voice Mobility Suite (a software suite that interfaces with heterogeneous PBXs)

    BlackBerry MVS enables access to PBX functions directly from the menu interface of the BlackBerry phone application and makes it easy for enterprise users to use their BlackBerry smartphone as a secure mobile extension of their desk phone(i).

    With a new intuitive menu interface, BlackBerry smartphone users can place, receive and manage enterprise calls from their handset with ease. The user's corporate identity (caller ID) is extended to the handset and allows users to give out one "Reach Me Anywhere" phone number that simultaneously rings their desk phone and BlackBerry smartphone. Mobile users are also able to access desk phone functions such as transfer, park, and extension dialing directly from the BlackBerry phone menu.

    BlackBerry MVS also leverages the standard security features, IT policies and system management functionality provided within the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution, extending the administrative tools and services of the BlackBerry platform to the Ascendent Voice Mobility Suite. Among key security benefits is the ability to automatically authenticate mobile users to the PBX to help ensure that only authorized users and devices are accessing the corporate telephony system. Further, since calls are routed through the corporate PBX, any calls placed from a BlackBerry smartphone can now be logged or recorded for compliance with applicable corporate and regulatory requirements.

    "RIM's ability to deliver a robust, feature-rich platform that securely integrates with enterprise data systems has always been a major contributing factor to the success of the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution," said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. "The ability to now deliver the same value proposition for both voice and data systems provides another unique dimension to the BlackBerry platform and presents another major opportunity for customers to maximize their return on wireless investments."

    "Fixed Mobile Convergence promises the opportunity for organizations to better support their mobile workers and improve productivity," said Gene Signorini, Vice President, Enterprise Applications & Mobile Solutions at Yankee Group. "In order to enable full-scale deployments within enterprises, a voice mobility solution must offer the ability to address IT security and telecom policies while also delivering a simplified experience for the mobile worker."

    Key features of BlackBerry MVS include:

    - Seamless convergence of BlackBerry smartphones with office desk phones - uses existing corporate phone number, and maintains one "Reach Me Anywhere" phone number for the user.

    - Office desk phone functionality while mobile - supports extension dialing, transfer, park and consolidated voicemail.

    - Intuitive menu-driven interface - makes placing and receiving enterprise calls and accessing desk phone functionality amazingly simple.

    - Secure mobile desk phone - authenticates callers with the telephony system.

    - IT controls - allows an organization to route all calls through the telephony system for billing / audit purposes.

    - Works in heterogeneous PBX environments - supports IP, TDM or mixed vendor environments.

    BlackBerry MVS will be previewed at the Wireless Enterprise Symposium 2007 in Orlando, Florida this week and is expected to be available from RIM and Ascendent Systems later this month.

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    Re: BlackBerry Mobile Voice System for Seamless Enterprise Voice Integration

    RIM Announces BlackBerry Plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio

    Enables .NET development community to create rich client applications for BlackBerry smartphones

    Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced plans to introduce a new development tool that will enable developers to work within the familiar .NET programming environment to rapidly create rich client wireless applications for BlackBerry smartphones. The BlackBerry(R) Plug-in for Microsoft(R) Visual Studio(R) provides system integrators and in-house corporate developers with the ability to create BlackBerry applications that seamlessly integrate with back-end systems through .NET Web Services.

    The BlackBerry Plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio will leverage the BlackBerry(R) Mobile Data System (BlackBerry(R) MDS) to simplify wireless application development, deployment and management for the enterprise.

    "Corporations of all sizes are increasingly recognizing the tremendous opportunities to boost productivity and competitive advantage through wireless data applications," said Stephen Drake, Program Director for Mobile Enterprise at IDC. "Offering standard development tools that enable the creation of secure and manageable applications while abstracting the complexities of wireless systems will help accelerate the broader adoption of mobile enterprise applications."

    BlackBerry MDS is a robust and widely deployed platform that enables wireless access to enterprise systems, and applications developed with the BlackBerry Plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio will benefit from its advanced security, manageability, network efficiency and push capabilities. The BlackBerry Plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio extends the Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 rapid development environment to enable the creation of rich BlackBerry MDS Runtime applications for BlackBerry smartphones.

    "RIM continues to provide a flexible and open development platform with robust tools, technical assistance and support of industry standards," said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. "This new developer tool meets the needs of the .NET developer community as well as enterprise customers by enabling the development of BlackBerry applications within the familiar framework of Visual Studio. It leverages existing skill sets as well as existing investments in the BlackBerry platform."

    Key benefits of the BlackBerry Plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio include:

    - Familiar Development Experience - The plug-in integrates within the familiar Visual Studio development environment, and allows developers to visually design, implement and debug applications for BlackBerry smartphones.

    - Leverages Developer Skill Sets - Customers and system integrators can leverage their developer skill sets in order to reduce costs and accelerate the development of applications for the BlackBerry platform.

    - Seamless Wireless Connectivity - Leverages the inherent security, manageability and efficient wireless connectivity of the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution.

    - Platform Interoperability - Allows enterprises to create rich client applications for BlackBerry smartphones that interoperate with .NET-based systems via Web Services.

    - Rich Client Application Functionality - Provides the ability to create rich client applications with a flexible user interface, offline data storage, asynchronous push, and secure data access.

    - Enterprise-Class Security and Manageability - Applications developed will leverage the same security architecture of BlackBerry Enterprise Server. IT departments will benefit from simplified management and centralized control of their wireless deployments with reduced administrative overhead and a lower total cost of ownership.

    The BlackBerry Plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio will be previewed at the Wireless Enterprise Symposium 2007 in Orlando, Florida this week and is expected to be available later this year as a free download at www.blackberrydeveloper.com.

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