BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 Comes Out Ahead Of BB10

  • Optimized for BlackBerry 10 handsets
  • BlackBerry Balance
  • Cross-platform capabilities

Research in Motion has surprisingly announced the launch of BlackBerry Enterprise Services 10 to all users, moving ahead of its anticipated Blackberry 10 launch.

  • Optimized for BlackBerry 10 handsets
  • BlackBerry Balance
  • Cross-platform capabilities

Research in Motion has surprisingly announced the launch of BlackBerry Enterprise Services 10 to all users, moving ahead of its anticipated Blackberry 10 launch.

BES 10 is a re-invention of RIM's mobile management tools optimized for BlackBerry 10 handsets, though it will also still work with existing BlackBerry smartphones and the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Designed for business use, it features tools like BlackBerry Balance to help users separate work and personal accounts on their device for emails, contacts, and apps.

BES 10's most prominent new feature is its cross-platform capabilities, using a web-based console to work not only with BlackBerry 10 but also with iOS and Android devices. This means that any business could use BES 10 management tools, regardless of whether it uses corporate-owned smartphones or allows employees to use their own personal devices.

It also includes BlackBerry World for Work, a corporate app storefront for businesses to manage their employees’ apps. For example, a manager could use it to automatically push an install of any required business apps onto employee smartphones.

According to RIM, BES 10 is available to download starting today with a 60-day free trail for new users. For existing enterprise service subscribers RIM is offering a free license upgrade, which users can sign up for through Dec. 31, 2013.

The move goes in preparation for BlackBerry 10's Jan. 30 official unveiling event.

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