sure why someone want to run any other BlackBerry applications than BlackBerry
connect on Windows Mobile but in any case, Research In Motion (RIM) today
announced plans to expand its support for Windows Mobile-based devices with a
new software application suite that will enable devices from third-party
manufacturers to benefit from the popular BlackBerry software applications and
services. RIM plans to begin offering the new software application suite later
this year for select devices based on Windows Mobile 6 (only). Once installed,
the software will provide users with a virtual BlackBerry application
experience, including support for BlackBerry E-Mail, phone, calendar, address
book, tasks, memos, browser, instant messaging and other applications developed for the BlackBerry platform.
Devices running the BlackBerry application suite will be able to connect to
BlackBerry services via BlackBerry Enterprise Server as well as BlackBerry
"Extending BlackBerry applications to a broader range of devices is an
important element of RIM's strategy to provide an open platform that
supports industry standards and addresses the various needs of our customers
and partners," said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In
Motion. "This new software will provide a range of important benefits,
including easier support of Windows Mobile-based devices within BlackBerry
Enterprise Server environments, a consistent user interface for BlackBerry
applications across various devices, and the ability to run third-party
applications developed for the BlackBerry platform.
The new BlackBerry application suite will complement existing Windows Mobile
6 functionality and will appear as an icon on the screen in the same manner as
other third-party applications. Upon clicking the BlackBerry icon, a suite of
BlackBerry applications will load and will feature the familiar user interface
of a BlackBerry smartphone. The device's existing Windows Mobile applications
are preserved, allowing the user to easily and quickly switch between the
Windows Mobile applications and the BlackBerry application suite.
"RIM's decision to expand its support for Windows Mobile will resonate
well with customers, developers and carriers alike," said Carrie
MacGillivray, Senior Analyst, Mobile Enterprise Network Services, IDC.
"Security, manageability, usability, international coverage, network
efficiency, mobile application support, back-end integration and device
selection are all important considerations for a wireless platform and RIM
continues to invest in the BlackBerry platform on all fronts."
"AT&T and RIM have enjoyed a long and successful history providing
customers with innovative products and services. AT&T is a world leader in
providing BlackBerry-based wireless solutions and we look forward to
building on that momentum with RIM," said Michael Woodward, Executive
Director, Mobile Professional Solutions, for AT&T. "The market for wireless
E-Mail and other wireless applications is growing rapidly and we view RIM's
broadening support for Windows Mobile, with new feature-rich and IT-friendly
BlackBerry software, as another positive catalyst that will further expand
the appeal of the BlackBerry platform with customers."
Key benefits of running the new BlackBerry application suite on a Windows
Mobile-based device will include:
- The added benefit of BlackBerry applications, such as E-Mail, phone,
text messaging, browser, instant messaging and organizer with a consistent
user interface and messaging experience.
- BlackBerry "push" technology Ã¢â‚¬â€œ messages and information updates can be
delivered automatically to the Windows Mobile-based device, enabling users
to be more responsive to colleagues, clients, friends and family.
Support for BlackBerry Mobile Data System (BlackBerry MDS) allowing
organizations to develop their own BlackBerry applications or deploy
third-party BlackBerry applications that can run on Windows Mobile-based
devices as well as BlackBerry smartphones.
- Support for various input methods, including QWERTY keyboards, 5-way
navigation, touch screen and stylus operation so users can continue to use
the unique hardware features of their Windows Mobile-based device.
- Support on BlackBerry Internet Service, which provides push-based E-Mail
from up to 10 supported E-Mail accounts (including most popular ISP
accounts), attachment viewing and web browsing with optimized wireless
- Support on BlackBerry Enterprise Server, which tightly integrates with
Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino or Novell GroupWise to provide
synchronized, push-based wireless access to E-Mail and other corporate data
with the industry's most advanced security features, over-the-air IT policy
enforcement capabilities and optimized wireless efficiency.
However, it looks like RIM will not offer the application suite for general
download but will only partner with manufactures and carriers.
Cheers ~ Arne