BES 10's release paves the way for new BlackBerry devices
Research in Motion has announced the release of BlackBerry Enterprise Server 10, a week before it’s expected to unveil the BlackBerry 10 operating system.
BES 10 supports all of the new features that come in a BlackBerry 10 smart phone or tablet, including BlackBerry Balance, a feature that keeps work and personal data separate on the same device. And, of course, it integrates with Microsoft Windows Active Directory, as BES versions have done in the past.
More important, it will also support Android and iOS devices. So agencies that are still using BES but were thinking of switching to another solution to support their BYOD programs might want to have a look at whether upgrading to Version 10 is a better solution. At least one agency, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which had announced plans to move to iPhones, will pilot BlackBerry 10 devices shortly after their Jan. 30 release.
RIM has set up the BlackBerry 10 Ready Program, which, among other things, contains a series of training webinars that will help network administrators through the process of upgrading from an older version of BES.
Greg Crowe is a staff writer covering mobile technology for GCN. Follow him on Twitter: @GCNLabGuys.