RIM has announced that it will expand the BlackBerry™ solution by offering a secure software application for viewing email attachments with BlackBerry Wireless Handhelds™. RIM also plans to extend its development environment with software tools to enable developers to create additional document handling applications for the BlackBerry solution. This offering will complement the existing wireless email features and allow customers to more efficiently manage their documents while mobile.
“BlackBerry has been embraced by thousands of organizations as the leading wireless email solution for corporate and government sectors because it delivers a behind-the-firewall solution that is complete, secure and manageable,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. “Document handling applications are a natural extension for BlackBerry and will further drive the productivity and convenience benefits already enjoyed by BlackBerry users today.”
This attachment viewing application will leverage open standards and core BlackBerry wireless email features including end-to-end security (with Triple DES encryption), always-on capabilities, multi-network support and centralized management to enable secure access to email attachments. The new application, developed using the AirDoc platform from Arizan Corporation which was acquired by RIM, will enable users to easily select attachments from within an email and view documents, spreadsheets, presentations and graphics attachments on their BlackBerry handhelds in a rich and intuitive way. Also, users will be able to retrieve a summary of the document or table of contents and selectively view the part of the document that is relevant. Popular corporate document formats such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, Adobe PDF, HTML and ASCII text will initially be supported.
RIM will begin customer trials of its attachment viewing application later this summer.
In addition to offering attachment viewing for the BlackBerry solution, the BlackBerry platform will enable developers to easily create and deploy other document handling applications. To facilitate application development, RIM plans to expand its BlackBerry software development tools to provide developers with detailed APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) for integrating applications with BlackBerry Enterprise Server. RIM is currently working with leading developers including HP, Onset and Xerox to provide additional document handling applications for BlackBerry handhelds such as printing, faxing and corporate file access.