Download now available ahead of next week’s BB10 smartphone launch
RIM has begun shipping its long awaited BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES 10) operating system, designed to support its upcoming BB10 smartphones also due to be launched next week. Available as a download to governments and corporate clients, it also offers support for the Canadian maker’s PlayBook tablets, Android devices, plus Apple’s iPhone and iPad iOS products through a unified web-based console.
RIM claims the software is now the world’s most secure mobile device and application management platform available, building on a decade of BlackBerry expertise.
A key feature of the new platform is said to be back-end support for BlackBerry Balance allowing the new smartphones and devices to be partitioned into separate work and personal environments, with the former controlled by the employer’s IT department.
It means private photos, music and emails are safe, even if an employer decides to wipe corporate content from a device.
Another innovation of the platform is a corporate app store front, BlackBerry World, allowing clients to install mandatory apps on employee’s phones and publish others it recommends.
Meanwhile the all-new BB10 operating system is being seen as pivotal to RIM’s fortunes, given how the troubled manufacturer has ceded a huge part of its market share to Apple’s iPhone and devices running on Google’s Android.
Through the BlackBerry 10 Ready Program, existing customers can take advantage of the free BES license trade up program which is available until the end of this year .