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Research in Motion confirms BES 10 will support all BlackBerry devices

23 Aug 2012
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BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) has issued further information on its BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) roadmap, disclosing that a forthcoming BES 10 version will support all BlackBerry devices.

On Wednesday numerous reports claimed customers would be forced to operate two different versions of BES to support both existing BlackBerry handsets and the upcoming BlackBerry 10 devices.

However, RIM moved to clarify these reports and in a further statement, it revealed that an upcoming BES 10 release will support all of its devices.

"RIM is developing BES 10, which will support existing BlackBerry devices, including the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and new devices running on the BlackBerry 10 platform," it said.

"BES 10 will be the ultimate management solution for all BlackBerry platform devices, as well as iOS and Android devices."

BES 10 is set to be launched at the same time as the first BlackBerry 10 devices in the first quarter of 2013, RIM added.

However, the statement raises more questions about RIM's roadmap for enterprise management of its devices.

RIM has previously indicated that a separate tool – BlackBerry Device Service – would be used to manage BlackBerry 10 and PlayBook devices, while a Universal Device Service will support third-party platforms such as iOS and Android, and BlackBerry Mobile Fusion Studio will provide a single admin console above these and BES.

How this fits with the latest statement regarding BES 10 is not yet clear, but it is possible that RIM has changed its plans since BlackBerry World, or that BES 10 is now simply the umbrella name under which its Mobile Fusion scheme will be delivered to customers.

RIM had not responded to requests from V3 for further clarification at the time of writing.

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Daniel Robinson

Daniel Robinson is technology editor at V3, and has been working as a technology journalist for over two decades. Dan has served on a number of publications including PC Direct and enterprise news publication IT Week. Areas of coverage include desktops, laptops, smartphones, enterprise mobility, storage, networks, servers, microprocessors, virtualisation and cloud computing.

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