RIM Introduces New Java Developer Tools For BlackBerry

November 30, 2004

Waterloo, ON - Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the availability of the new Java™ Development Environment for BlackBerry v4.0.  The new release, which supports J2ME™ (Java™ 2 Platform, Micro Edition), provides developers with more flexibility and support when developing applications for BlackBerry® through an enhanced Application Programming Interface (API) set, documentation, code samples and applications, new Java Specification Request (JSR) implementations, an improved Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and a new BlackBerry handheld simulator with usability improvements.  The release of the new Java Development Environment for BlackBerry coincides with the availability of BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 announced today and marks another important step in RIM’s strategy of providing an open, secure, and global platform for push-based wireless connectivity.

“BlackBerry continues to open new opportunities for developers in the world of wireless data and communications by providing a development environment that removes many of the complexities traditionally associated with wireless technology,” said David Yach, Senior Vice President, Software at Research In Motion.  “We are pleased to introduce a new release of the Java Development Environment for BlackBerry that builds upon our open, standards-based platform and provides additional resources to advance the wireless strategies of our development partners and customers.”

The Java Development Environment for BlackBerry is a fully integrated development environment and simulation tool that incorporates Sun's J2ME specifications and RIM's expertise in BlackBerry wireless application development to significantly ease development efforts. Enterprise customers, developers and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) can easily and quickly develop applications that leverage the unique connectivity features of BlackBerry such as always-on operation, push-based services, end-to-end security and back-end integration.

“As a company that delivers tailored wireless applications for the investment industry, having access to advanced BlackBerry developer tools is necessary to tightly integrate the technology and meet the mobile needs of our customers,” said Todd Christy, Chief Technology Officer, Pyxis.  “We’re taking advantage of the advanced features of the new Java Development Environment for BlackBerry to enhance existing applications and create new solutions that solve our customers’ business challenges.”

“Our long-standing relationship with RIM allows Vettro to build market leading field service and mobile sales applications that are being embraced by enterprises today,” said Joe Rymsza, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vettro. “We are excited to continue our tradition of delivering world class mobile application functionality, coupled with unparalleled user experience, by leveraging the integrated development environment and tools in the Java Development Environment for BlackBerry.”

New features of the Java Development Environment for BlackBerry v.4.0 include:

Key Elements of the BlackBerry Wireless Platform:

BlackBerry Enterprise Server – BlackBerry Enterprise Server™ software tightly integrates with Microsoft® Exchange and IBM Lotus® Domino™ (Novell GroupWise™ support is expected to be available later this year) and works with existing enterprise systems to enable secure, push-based, wireless access to email and other corporate data.  The new BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 is now available.

BlackBerry Mobile Data Service – The Mobile Data Service feature of BlackBerry Enterprise Server is uniquely designed to provide ISVs and in-house corporate developers with an environment that supports corporate data access and interaction capabilities beyond email. With BlackBerry Mobile Data Service, customers can leverage their existing, approved BlackBerry architecture and security model to deploy reliable, secure, end-to-end applications without any additional infrastructure to learn or support.

BlackBerry Internet Service - For individuals and smaller businesses, BlackBerry Internet Service™ allows users to access up to ten corporate and/or personal email accounts (including Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and many popular ISP email accounts) from a single device.

BlackBerry Connect - The BlackBerry Connect™ licensing program enables mobile device manufacturers to equip their handsets with the integrated ability to connect to BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry Internet Service.

BlackBerry Built-In - With the BlackBerry Built-In™ licensing program, mobile device manufacturers can incorporate various BlackBerry applications into their own phones or handheld devices including BlackBerry Email™, BlackBerry Calendar™ and BlackBerry Browser™ applications.

Multi-Network Support - BlackBerry supports multiple wireless network standards including GSM/GPRS, iDEN, CDMA2000 1X, Mobitex, DataTAC and WLAN, enabling BlackBerry Enterprise Server customers to support a variety of devices and geographies without any change to their back-end infrastructure.

J2ME - J2ME is optimized for wireless devices and provides an industry standard programming environment for custom and commercial application development and deployment. Support for J2ME opens the BlackBerry platform to a large developer community that currently includes more than three million Java developers.

Java Development Environment for BlackBerry - The Java Development Environment for BlackBerry provides a full-featured, integrated suite of development tools to support the building, testing and debugging of applications for BlackBerry, including facilities for code profiling and optimization. The BlackBerry Development Environment for Java supports Mobile Information Device Profile (MIDP) and Connected Limited Device Configuration (CLDC), the industry standards for Java on small form-factor devices, to ease the development of wireless enterprise applications.

BlackBerry Alliance Programs - RIM continues to build strong alliances with leading software providers to develop and deliver wireless solutions for enterprise applications such as Customer Relationship Management (CRM). RIM also partners with ISV's and system integrators to develop more specialized applications in sectors such as government, legal, financial services, health care and real estate.

RIM is offering its new Java Development Environment for BlackBerry free of charge to developers, enterprise customers and ISVs on its developer web site at http://www.blackberry.com/developers/.  Information about RIM partner programs and support services is also available on the BlackBerry site.

About Research In Motion (RIM)

Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to data. RIM's portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry® wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld™ product line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. RIM is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.

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