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RIM Hopes Small Businesses Can Help With Cloudy Future

Aiming to boost small-business interest in the BlackBerry, Research In Motion is announcing a free cloud-based service that firms can use to manage up to 100 devices.

BlackBerry Management Center, as the product is known, is designed for businesses whose employees use a Web-based email service or mail services from their Internet service provider, as opposed to corporate email, such as Microsoft Exchange.

The new tool can be used to back up data as well as to locate a lost BlackBerry, and, if need be, lock and wipe the device.

In January, RIM talked about expanding its line of software and services for managing mobile devices to include more cloud-based services, potentially expanding into the management of non-BlackBerry devices.


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