Blackberry w/ Office 365? Easy or hassle? BES needed? Is it as simple as activesync?

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We are thinking of migrating from on-premises Exchange 2007 to Office 365.

The president of our company hates his iphone 6s PLUS and wants to know if he could get a blackberry if we approve the Office 365 project.

Will a blackberry work out-of-the box without needing a blackberry enterprise server or additional complication?

Is having one blackberry user add a giant complication or not a big deal?

Thanks,
Mike
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There's a 'built-in' version in the O365 suite - BlackBerry Business Cloud Services. It's not as simple as ActiveSync and requires some additional setup, plus management includes the BB service. Read more here: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office-365-blackberry.aspx

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I did see that article too.  

He'd be buying a new device so the simpler Blackberry 10 would be his selection.

So, "BlackBerry 10 smartphones can connect to Exchange Online directly using Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync."

Is this even needed: "blackberry cloud services"
http://us.blackberry.com/enterprise/products/cloud-services/overview.html

I really don't want to complicate our new office 365, requiring us to learn a whole different interface/process just to support one phone.

Give me reasons I can use to say no !!

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Mike
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Well you will be adding a whole new level of complexity (and another point of failure) if you use the BBCS, and if this is for one user only, I dont see any point in going this route.

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Is there any one-user appropriate way to let him have a blackberry?  

I'd like to say something like: "BBCS is entirely too complicated; if we don't get BBCS, your blackberry would not sync mail but only have a copy (for example, if that's true).

Is there anything provided strictly as part of the office 365 platform that supports syncing mail to a blackberry without running new layers of blackberry software?

And lastly, would having one blackberry reduce the reliability of mail for the entire enterprise, or just that user?

Thanks,
Mike

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So sorry, I didn't realize this was still open!

Thanks for the answer!

-Mike

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