RIM to End BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) 4.1 Support This Summer
Organizations running BES v4.1 for Exchange or Domino will no longer see official support from RIM after July 2, 2011.
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) has reportedly announced a summer 2011 date on which it will end official support for its BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) v4.1 for Microsoft Exchange and IBM Lotus Domino.
As of July 2, 2011, RIM will no longer support BES 4.1.6 or BES 4.1.7 for Exchange or Domino, though the software will continue to function, according to CrackBerry.com. The news apparently does not apply to Novell GroupWise users running either BES 4.1.6 or 4.1.7
The affected versions of BES are relatively old at this point—RIM is expected to release BES 5.0.3 any day now and it reportedly ceased selling BES 4.1.x last July. But organizations with BES 4.1.x for Exchange or Domino should consider upgrading before the end of support date, as RIM will no longer provide official support or updates to address security-related or other performance issues.
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.