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    Research in Motion announced on Monday that it will update its BlackBerry Enterprise Server software to support Apple hardware running the iOS operating system, including the iPhone and iPad, as well as devices that run Google Android.

    The multi-platform "BlackBerry Enterprise Solution" will support management and securing of both smartphones and tablets, and is designed for enterprises and government organizations. The features will be added to BlackBerry Enterprise Server through RIM's pending acquisition of ubitexx.

    RIM said that the new solution is "expected" to allow secure device management for iOS-based devices, as well as hardware running the Google Android mobile operating system. RIM aims to allow management of those devices from a single Web-based console.

    "The multi-platform BlackBerry Enterprise Solution is designed to address a growing market and respond to requests from enterprise customers who want a secure multi-platform device management solution from a company that already delivers the gold standard for enterprise mobility," said Peter Devenyi, Communications Platform Group VP at RIM. "We recognize the opportunity to continue leading in the enterprise market by providing customers with a common platform to help simplify the management of a variety of mobile devices."

    RIM said the single web-based console is being designed to provide IT administrators with the ability to distribute software and manage policies, inventory, security and services for BlackBerry devices, as well as other mobile devices. IT administrators will be able to manage devices over-the-air, including activating devices, distributing software and applications, locking or wiping devices, enforcing and resetting device passwords, setting IT policies, and managing optional mobile applications for end users.

    Certain features, including push technology and firewall access, are expected to remain exclusive to BlackBerry devices because such capabilities are built into the design of a device’s operating system. The product is expected to be released later this year.

    RIM's multi-platform push for BlackBerry Enterprise Server was one of a number of announcements from the company on Monday. Also revealed was the new "BlackBerry Balance" technology that allows use of a smartphone for both work and personal purposes, ensuring privacy of personal content and security of work data.

    The company also unveiled a new video chat application and announced a Facebook application for for its newly launched BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. The playbook launched in April to lukewarm reviews.

    The company also announced the two new phones that run the BlackBerry OS 7 software: The BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930. Both feature a 1.2GHz processor and a "Liquid Graphics" touchscreen.


    AppleInsider | RIM's BlackBerry Enterprise Server to support Apple's iOS devices
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    Yeah RIM. Hopefully in the future I will be able to use one system to manage BB/IOS/Andoid instead of the multiple I use now. This will be good for HP too since they might not need to come up with their own management tool out of the gate.
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    BES/BIS is a waste of money and resources. The sooner RIM realizes this, the better off they will be. Notice that no other smartphone requires a separate server in order to receive email. Sounds like BB is trying to compete directly with Good with this move, and Good IMO is another unnecessary product.
    Touchscreens are a fad.

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