Research in Motion will next week announce the release of BlackBerry Enterprise Server 4.1 that is much, much more than your typical dot release. BES 4.1 will include major feature enhancements such as IM support and web services application support.

The Web services capability joins browser-based access and RIM’s Java development environment as a way for companies to deliver apps to their BlackBerry users, and of course, in as much as they will be able to harness public Web services such as forex prices, they should make for a speedier development process.

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