Two announcements on the mobile technology front…

Microsoft has announced its Windows Phone 7 Series. Microsoft say the significance for law firms is that the Windows Phone has a strong heritage in mobile productivity, encompassing access to email, calendar, contacts and work documents. Windows Phone 7 Series will continue to deliver a seamless Exchange email, calendar and contacts experience for lawyers. The 7 Series also enables full access to documents on SharePoint sites and rich support for viewing and editing Office documents, including optimized mobile navigation and commenting in Word documents.

Research In Motion has introduced BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express – free new server software that wirelessly and securely synchronises BlackBerrys with Microsoft Exchange or Microsoft Windows Small Business Server. RIM say the new BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express software will be provided free of charge in order to address two key market opportunities. First, the software offers economical advantages to small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) that desire the enterprise-grade security and manageability of BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) but don’t require all of its advanced features. Second, more and more consumers are purchasing BlackBerry smartphones and the free BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express (BES Express) software provides a cost-effective solution that enables IT departments to meet the growing demand from employees to be able to connect their personal BlackBerry smartphones to their work email.

BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express works with Microsoft Exchange 2010, 2007 and 2003 and Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2008 and 2003 to provide users with secure, push-based, wireless access to email, calendar, contacts, notes and tasks, as well as other business applications and enterprise systems behind the firewall. Importantly, the new server software utilises the same security architecture found in BlackBerry Enterprise Server. For more details visit www.blackberry.com/besexpress