BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) 5.0 SP3 Release Notes Detail New Features
A leaked RIM document offers insights into the next software updated for the BlackBerry Enterprise Server, BES 5.0 Service Pack 3 (SP3).
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
The next version of Research In Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES), v5.0.3, or BES 5.0 Service Pack 3 packs a variety of valuable new features for BlackBerry administrators and RIM smartphone users, according to a leaked BES 5.0.3 release-notes document from RIM.
Notable new features and enhancements for administrators include:
BES admins can choose to make smartphone software updates optional for their users
The BlackBerry MDS Integration Service is now end-of-life. The BES 5.0.3 setup application removes the MDS Integration Service when you upgrade a BES
End of support for Microsoft SQL Server 2000
Support for more IM servers, including Microsoft’s Office Communications Server 2007 R2 and Lync Server 2010
Support for Microsoft Hyper-V 2008 R2 virtualization platform
Many new IT policy groups and rules (See images on next page for details)
BES 5.0.3 enhancements for users include:
Users have the option to rollback optional software updates
The default settings for media file downloads have changed to allow users to download larger amounts of content using the BlackBerry Browser or through an HTTP connection using BlackBerry MDS Connection Service
When a meeting organizer receives a meeting confirmation email message via BlackBerry, or a request for information email message, the email message includes any comments that the meeting participant added
support for Microsoft Office 2010 file attachments
Select RIM BES customers are already testing a beta version of the new software update, called BES 5.0 SP3 Beta/EAP1, and the official release is expected within the next month or so.
In related news, RIM this week released a BES security update to address yet another issue with the BES BlackBerry Attachment Service’s PDF distiller component.
Hit the jump for images of notable BES 5.0.3 for IBM Lotus Notes release-note-slides with more details on new features and IT policies.
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Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.