BlackBerry Connect is an enterprise instant message (IM) and presence application that improves communication and collaboration while simultaneously protecting corporate data and respecting employee privacy. BlackBerry Connect extends corporate instant messaging platforms like Microsoft Lync, OCS and Sametime to market leading mobile devices without requiring a VPN, firewall holes or servers in the DMZ. It provides instant messaging, presence, and corporate directory lookup from an easy-to-use interface. IMPORTANT NOTE: The BlackBerry Connect application requires BlackBerry Connect Server v2.1 back-end software. It will not work with earlier versions of BlackBerry Connect Server. Please contact your IT administrator for a username and access key. End User Features: Keep personal contacts and IMs private View colleagues' real-time availability via presence Select the best way to communicate - IM, email*, or a phone call Receive message alerts and notifications, even when the app is in the background Search corporate directory for a contact Manage multiple chats in conversation view View contacts by groups and favorites Search conversation history, even in offline or airplane mode Set presence status and personal message Set alert and away preferences IT Features: Protect corporate data in motion and at rest with military-grade encryption Secure the corporate network by not requiring firewall holes or servers in the DMZ Configure granular security policies such as strong password requirements Prevent data leakage by disabling cut/copy/paste and separating work and personal contacts Remote lock or wipe corporate data while preserving personal information Detect and prevent jailbroken devices from connecting to the corporate network Integrates with other BlackBerry mobile collaboration solutions, providing seamless and secure end-to-end business workflow IT-controlled disclaimer at the top of each new conversation (received or sent) Save IM conversations to users' Conversation History folder on Exchange for later access, management, retention, deletion (requires Microsoft Lync 2010) Note: BlackBerry Connect supports Android devices running Android OS 6.0 or later.