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BlackBerry extends Balance dual-personality features to Android, iOS

Matt Hamblen | March 15, 2013
Launch of Secure Work Space expected by June 30.

"Corporations have long trusted and relied on BlackBerry Enterprise Server, now called BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, to manage these devices," he said. "Since the devices allowed into most corporations aren't all BlackBerry -- and we don't expect them to be -- it makes perfect sense to bring our know-how to other devices."

Devenyi said Secure Work Space will save IT shops effort and expense since they won't need to operate VPN systems to manage devices from behind the firewall. As a company creates or finds new applications for workers, those apps can be secured and added to the devices, without the need to modify source code.

Rob Enderle, an analyst at Enderle Group, issued a statement saying Secure Work Space is stronger than systems from other vendors when it comes to securing various mobile platforms.

Jack Gold, an analyst at J.Gold Associates, said Secure Work Space will help BlackBerry "keep enterprises vested in keeping and using BES, instead of unplugging and buying" other software, such as mobile device management software from Airwatch, MobileIron and other vendors. Also, if a company keeps BES installed, it might be easier for BlackBerry to sell the company or its workers on BlackBerry devices like the Q10, he added.

Devenyi said while Secure Work Space is for Android and iOS, BlackBerry is open to supporting Windows Phone should customers widely request that.

More details on Secure Work Space will be announced at the BlackBerry Live conference May 14-16 in Orlando.

Balance with BB10 is supported by BES10 in both the Z10 and Q10 smartphones.

AT&T was the first U.S. carrier to announce firm plans for sales of the Z10 to consumers, saying it would start selling the BlackBerry touchscreen smartphone on March 22 at a price of $199.99 with a two-year contract. On Wednesday, Verizon said it would start taking pre-orders for the Z10 today, and that the phone would be available online and in stores on March 28, also for $199.99 with a contract. T-Mobile USA said that later this week some corporate customers may begin receiving Q10 phones that they had pre-ordered.


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