MDaemon Messaging Server for SMBs, Twitter Update for BlackBerrys on Tap
ALT-N Technologies is rolling out a new version of the Windows-based MDaemon messaging server aimed at making it easier for small businesses to provide their employees with secure access to email, calendar and contacts on-the-go through the desktop, the web and BlackBerry smartphones. Alt-N Technologies, a subsidiary of Research In Motion (NASDAQ: RIMM), recently introduced MDaemon Messaging Server BlackBerry Edition. The new version integrates wireless synchronization, security, management and control features for BlackBerry smartphones. The news of the small business messaging server comes at a time when the BlackBerry-maker is expanding its reach beyond smartphones to tablets, as it prepares for the launch of the BlackBerry PlayBook. RIM is also revamping its family of mobile software, with the PlayBook running a version based on QNX. The company is also working to improve the mobile Web browsing experience with BlackBerry 6, based on technology from Torch Mobile, which it bought a few years back. More recently, RIM bought UI designer firm The Astonishing Tribe, to help improve performance in that area.
Meanwhile, the MDaemon Messaging Server BlackBerry Edition appears to be RIM's latest effort at accommodating small businesses, and its core service of managing BlackBerrys in the enterprise. The new version of MDaemon is installed in 30 minutes by running a single installation wizard to set up both the server and BlackBerry smartphones, according to the company.
Targeted at small businesses, pricing starts at $380 for a six-user license. It works with any BlackBerry personal or business service plan that includes email access. It can be installed on a server running Windows 7, Windows 2008, Windows Vista or Windows 2003, or on a desktop computer running Windows XP. Additionally, it includes a management console for directly or remotely securing, managing and controlling both email and BlackBerry smartphone functionality. Key features of the new edition include the following:
- Email instantly pushed to the user's BlackBerry smartphone via BlackBerry push technology;
- Wirelessly synchronized calendar, contacts, email folders and personal distribution lists between the MDaemon messaging server and BlackBerry smartphones;
- Flag an email for follow-up from a BlackBerry smartphone;
- Send and respond to meeting invitations from a BlackBerry smartphone;
- Look up a colleague's calendar availability from a BlackBerry smartphone;
- Edit attachments using Documents To Go on a BlackBerry smartphone;
- Search for emails on the MDaemon Messaging Server from a BlackBerry smartphone;
- IT policy management and controls for BlackBerry smartphones, designed for small-to-mid-sized business environments;
- Remote lock or wipe of a BlackBerry smartphone's content in the event that the device is lost or stolen;
- Integrated MDaemon Instant Messaging for complete and flexible inter-office communications; and
- Encrypted data transmission between BlackBerry smartphones and the messaging server using Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and Triple Data Encryption Standard (Triple DES).
Twitter update on tap for BlackBerrysIn other news, RIM just launched an update to Twitter for BlackBerry that includes geotagging -- which allows users to identify their location with their tweets -- new language support, cleaner interfaces and new notifications, among other tools. Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones v1.1 is a beta download available through BlackBerry Beta Zone. It runs on BlackBerry Device Software 4.5 or higher and requires a data plan. Major tools in the update include @mention push notifications, New Twitter for BlackBerry v 1.1 features include:
- @mention Push Notifications Users are now alerted with push notifications to the ribbon when they have @mentions, helping users quickly reply to @mentions.
- Direct Messages Renamed Messages, direct messages are now threaded in the style of BBM conversations. Related messages are grouped together, making the direct message area less cluttered.
- #Topic Autocomplete When users include a hashtag in their tweet, a dropdown list of key words will be presented based on previously used #topics.
- Social Feeds Integration Deeper integration with Social Feeds allows users to perform Twitter actions right from Social Feeds, without launching the app.
- Retweet Updates Retweets now appear in the Home timeline with a tag of retweeted by you, quickly alerting users that a retweet has been sent.
- New Gesture Support BlackBerry smartphone users with a touch screen device can now refresh page content by simply dragging a finger down the device screen and releasing it.