BlackBerry plug-in released

ORLANDO, Fla.'Research in Motion has introduced a BlackBerry plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio.

The announcement, made earlier this week at this year's Wireless Enterprise Symposium, reflects the company's interest in increasing the amount of third-party development for its BlackBerry mobile messaging platform.

While dozens of third-party developers were in evidence at the RIM-sponsored symposium ' with a half-dozen providers of navigation services alone ' company officials expressed an interest in expanding that base.

Developers who use Visual Studio are 'very invested in their tool,' said Alan Panezic, RIM's director of technical services. With the introduction of the new plug-in, '[Developers] can now target BlackBerry as a device,' Panezic said. 'It's about taking those Visual Studio Web services and being able to make them work on the BlackBerry.'

In addition to representing an invitation to Visual Studio-based developers to work on BlackBerry applications, the plug-in also offers all developers a way to integrate BlackBerry applications with back-end systems through .NET Web Services.

The BlackBerry plug-in, which was previewed at the WES event, is expected to be available later this year as a free download.

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Patrick Marshall is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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