BES 10 release paves the way for new BlackBerry devices
Research in Motion announced the release of BlackBerry Enterprise Server 10, a week before the unveiling of the BlackBerry 10 operating system.
BES 10 supports all the new features of a BlackBerry 10 smartphone or tablet, including BlackBerry Balance, a feature that separates work and personal data on the same device. And, of course, it integrates with Microsoft Windows Active Directory, as the BES versions have done in the past.
More importantly, it will also support Android and iOS devices. So, agencies that still use BES but are considering switching to another solution to support their BYOD programs may want to see if upgrading to version 10 is a better solution. At least one agency, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which had announced plans to switch to iPhones, will pilot the BlackBerry 10 devices shortly after their January 30 release.
RIM has implemented the BlackBerry 10 Ready program, which contains, among other things, a series of training webinars that will help network administrators move from an older version of BES to an upgrade.
Greg Crowe is a former GCN staff writer who has covered mobile technology.