05-03-2013 11:31 PM
05-04-2013 01:37 PM
In reviewing all of those, as far as I can tell, Office 365 is not compatible with Calendar or Contacts synchronization Over The Air (OTA)...it seems to function via OWA (Outlook Web Access), which can only deal with email OTA, not Calendar or Contacts. So, there is no solution to your issue if you must use Office 365...you would have to use instead a service that does have compatibility with your BB (via BIS -- BlackBerry Internet Service).
That, of course, is only half of your issue -- the above deals solely with synchronization between the server and your BB. The other half is your need for synchronization between the server and your Outlook 2010 client...and I've no idea about Office 365's capabilities there.
If you can consider an alternative, the Outlook.com/Hotmail/Live/MSN solution might work. The Hotmail Connector plugs into Outlook and synchronizes calendar and contacts to the server. I'm pretty sure that the server is compatible with BIS for Calendar, but I'm not as sure for Contacts.
Another alternative might be a hybrid...using Outlook.com for Calendar, and perhaps Gmail for Contacts -- Google has (or at least had, I haven't checked in a while) a free connector to synchronize contacts between the Outlook client and the Google servers. And the Google servers definitely are compatible with BIS for Contacts. But, Google does not offer a free connector between the Outlook client and it's servers for Calendar -- hence, the need to use a hybrid solution.
If you were on BB10, this would be much simpler (Outlook.com is fully compatible, via the HotMail connector between the Outlook client and the server, and the BB10 device itself is fully compatible with Outlook.com for Calendar and Contacts)...sadly, with BIS, you are limited to what the BIS service is compatible with.
I don't know of any fee-based alternatives to achieve exactly what you've asked for (doesn't mean there aren't any...I just don't know of them). But, in your evaluation, I would encourage you to rethink the discounting of BES as you have done -- there are plenty of service providers out there that offer BES on a per-mailbox method...so it might actually wind up less expensive for you if you shift to a BES-providing service provider rather than attempting to make some other solutions work for your situation. Do be careful, however -- if the provider offers BES only in it's "full" mode, you'll also need to upgrade your data plan from your carrier to a BES-level plan. But, if you find a provider who offers BES-X instead, then you can use that without having to upgrade your data plan -- BES-X works via BIS data plans.
05-06-2013 12:48 AM