In a move to capture the attention of mobile enterprise customers, Research In Motion (RIM) on Wednesday announced it is offering IBM Corp.’s Lotus Instant Messaging (IM) Everyplace 3 application on its Java-based BlackBerry wireless handheld device.

The BlackBerry platform already supports wireless e-mail, phone, short message service (SMS), an organizer, and Web and intranet applications. The IM features now available on the BlackBerry include: chatting to one or more contacts; IM contact list access; IM, e-mail and SMS alerts; multilingual support; and single name password sign-in.

According to the company, IM has become more than just a convenient or social means to chat, and is now a mission critical application for many companies.

BlackBerry is supporting Lotus on the handheld device as well as the server. Both Lotus IM and the BlackBerry device support the Java 2 Platform Micro Edition (J2ME) mobile information device profile (MIDP) standard.

IBM Lotus can be found online at www.lotus.com. RIM can be found at www.rim.com. Additional information regarding the BlackBerry device can be found at www.blackberry.com.