John Chen, CEO of BlackBerry, has confirmed the arrival of BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) support for the Windows Phone platform. The service currently supports on Android, iOS and BlackBerry platforms. No launch date for Windows Phone was provided however.
“I could put a sales team on Wall Street. I know how to do this up and down Wall Street … we will go in and tell them why BES is the best thing for them, and go through the road map, the offerings, and all that good stuff. We’re going to protect their investment in iPhone, and Android, and everywhere else, even with Windows Phones…you could be an iPhone customer, and also a BlackBerry customer. You could be an Android customer, and also a BlackBerry customer. It’s not mutually exclusive. I think that’s an important key message of the company going forward,” stated Chen in an interview withCrackBerry.
The BlackBerry Enterprise Service is a multi-platform device management service that enables company administrators to club the employees’ personal devices to the firm’s own email system, and to wipe data in case the device gets lost. It can also controls the device’s camera to make sure that it stays inactive during business hours. Apart from these features, security and encryption options are also available, along with unified communications, and BlackBerry Balance work/home space separation.
With BES, the much popular messenger service by BlackBerry, BlackBerry Messenger or BBM is also expected to arrive soon on the Windows Phone platform. Alex Kinsella from the BBM team stated that Windows Phone users have the equal opportunity to experience the BBM service. Since the iOS and Android platforms are much bigger, the service was first provided to them.