BlackBerry has unveiled an initiative to extend its cross-platform strategy and deliver productivity, communication, collaboration and security tools to smartphones and tablets running iOS, Android and Windows, as well as its own devices.
Announced at Mobile World Congress (MWC), the initiative builds on BlackBerry's existing cross-platform support, such as Secure Work Space which offers similar partitioning capabilities as BlackBerry Balance but on Apple and Android devices.
This is in recognition of the fact that the corporate workplace is increasingly diverse as employees start using their own mobile device for work purposes.
"Flexibility without compromise is what current and former BlackBerry users tell us time and again they want from their mobile device," said BlackBerry chief executive John Chen.
"They want BlackBerry's legendary security and core productivity and collaboration capabilities while still being able to choose a device that matches their lifestyle and personality."
As part of this initiative, BlackBerry has announced the BlackBerry Experience Suite, designed to increase productivity by tailoring BlackBerry's unique security and collaboration features for any mobile device, the firm said.
BlackBerry Experience Suite is made up of three distinct bundles of services that customers can purchase individually or together. These are the Productivity Suite, Communication & Collaboration Suite and Security Suite.
Productivity Suite provides support for intelligent workflows, as well as enabling users to manage work and personal messages and edit documents across all device platforms.
It also provides a single place to monitor all personal and work messages, whether email, text, BBM, or social media updates, just like the BlackBerry Hub feature in BlackBerry 10 smartphones.
Communication & Collaboration Suite enables users to share and collaborate securely with colleagues in real time through instant meetings, Wi-Fi voice calls, video chat and an integrated calendar view, BlackBerry said.
Finally, Security Suite delivers protection for personal and work information against malware and data theft using encryption and privacy controls. This extends to secure emails, messages, phone calls and documents across any of the supported mobile platforms.
BlackBerry has yet to specify an availability date for any of these services, saying only that it will begin offering the BlackBerry Experience Suite later this year.
Meanwhile, BlackBerry also disclosed further enterprise support for Samsung devices, including Samsung's new Galaxy S6 handset, which was also unveiled at MWC.
BlackBerry said it is delivering two new BlackBerry enterprise services - WorkLife by BlackBerry and SecuSUITE - and that BlackBerry enterprise solutions will be available through Samsung Business Services.
WorkLife offers split billing for work and personal use of voice, SMS and data, according to BlackBerry. It integrates seamlessly with Samsung Knox, enabling firms to choose to pay for all employee use within the Knox container, or for traffic relating to specific work applications to be billed to the company.
WorkLife will be available on all Samsung Knox-enabled devices and will be delivered in partnership with carriers. It is expected to be available later in 2015.
SecuSUITE for Knox will use the Secusmart Security Card that, in conjunction with BlackBerry's BES12 enterprise platform, will provide end-to-end encryption and secure subscriber authentication, BlackBerry said.
SecuSUITE for Samsung Knox will be available in the autumn, but pricing has yet to be disclosed.
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