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January 23, 2008 00:01 ET

RIM Previews BlackBerry Client for IBM Lotus Connections at Lotusphere 2008

Brings the mobile power of the BlackBerry platform to social software for business

ORLANDO, FLORIDA--(Marketwire - Jan. 23, 2008) - Lotusphere 2008, Booth 516 - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) will today preview BlackBerry® Client for IBM® Lotus® Connections -- a new software application that runs natively on BlackBerry smartphones to provide mobile users with access to Lotus Connections social software for business. The BlackBerry client application leverages the push-based architecture, security and administration features of BlackBerry Enterprise Server, which provides IT groups with the necessary controls for enabling mobile access to Lotus Connections in the enterprise.

Users can enjoy many of the same benefits and functionality found on the desktop version of Lotus Connections directly from their BlackBerry smartphone, including the ability to collaborate on projects with teammates, locate internal subject matter experts by name or topic, as well as effortlessly share information and research to improve decision making.

"Organizations are embracing social networking tools to improve productivity and enable workers to find the experts and information within their organizations that can help them get their jobs done more effectively," said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at RIM. "Lotus Connections, which facilitates the gathering and exchange of information through professional networks, is a natural fit with the BlackBerry platform. We are very pleased to introduce the first mobile software application to leverage this exciting new social software for business."

"The challenges of globalization are forcing companies to become more nimble, using an increasingly geographically-dispersed and virtual workforce to remain competitive," said Jeff Schick, vice president of social software, IBM Lotus. "Together with RIM we are excited to be delivering the industry's business-ready social software on the BlackBerry platform."

The new BlackBerry Client for Lotus Connections features:

- Mobile access to Profiles: Users can find internal subject matter experts with an intuitive and flexible search. Users can consider details about current role, background, and areas of interest to identify internal subject matter experts, and contact them instantly.

- Mobile access to Dogear: Users can save precious time on research by accessing their colleagues' "pre-vetted" bookmarks, searching them by tags and adding new bookmarks directly from a BlackBerry smartphone.

- Easy set up: With its intuitive user interface customers can be up and running quickly and using Lotus Connections from their BlackBerry smartphones.

- Proven wireless architecture: The BlackBerry Client for Lotus Connections leverages the proven architecture and security model of BlackBerry Enterprise Server, allowing IT groups to centrally manage and control mobile access to IBM Lotus Connections.

The BlackBerry Client for Lotus Connections will be previewed this week at Lotusphere 2008 (BlackBerry booth #516) and is expected to be available as a free download later this year. For more information please visit: www.blackberry.com/go/lotusconnections.

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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