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Printing from your BlackBerry : made possible by HP

Posted on: May 6, 2009

hpweb_1-2_topnav_hp_logo2BlackBerry handsets have become a staple of executives, lawyers, politicians and other professionals who use them to send wireless e-mail securely. However, printing from the device was not dreamt of until now. Now on BlackBerry users will be empowered to even print e-mails, photos, documents, and web pages from the very same device to a printer of their convenience. This is made possible by HP’s CloudPrint for BlackBerry smartphones, a web based technology (to be demonstrated in Wireless Enterprise Symposium in Orlando, later this week) that is “printer-agnostic and driverless” and only requires simple Internet access. This service is likely to available to BlackBerry Internet Service subscribers as well as BlackBerry Enterprise Server customers.

This service was announced as a start of “strategic relationship” between Research In Motion (RIM) and HP, two stalwarts in their respective fields, to offer “a portfolio of solution for businesses”.  I would expect more such tie-up to follow in the near future to enhance value for enterprises customers.  This tie-up looks like a win-win for both partners as enterprise mobility has garnered great momentum in the recent years where enterprises focus has been on efficiency and convenience.

  • Rolling out innovative applications relevant to enterprises’ changing needs will continue to maintain BlackBerry’s upper hand in the enterprise mobility even though Apple’s iPhone is surely making its presence felt.
  • HP Operations Manager for BlackBerry Enterprise Server, also released on the same day, is designed to enable companies to monitor and manage their BlackBerry enterprise environment. Managed BlackBerry Services, part of EDS Mobile Workplace Services that helps enterprises to outsource the management of BlackBerry deployment, gains further credibility and likely to fuel its base of managed BlackBerry device from its current 500,000. 

“RIM and HP are working together to deliver solutions to customers that weave mobility into their daily operations–from innovative new services in the cloud to managed mobile services for the enterprise,” Jim Balsillie, co-chief executive officer of Research In Motion, said in a statement. “Through our collaboration with HP, businesses will have access to an expanded set of applications and services for their BlackBerry smartphone deployments.”

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