"BES 10 is a console upgrade that combines all the previous capabilities of BES and Fusion and the latest ability to work with BB10 devices all under one console," Gold says. "There still are various components under the covers but BES 10 offers one way to manage BlackBerry and other devices. The next version of BES will likely have a fully integrated code base for everything, but most users even with this release will have a transparent way to manage all devices."
Other features cited by RIM as key parts of the BES 10 release:
- secure access to work-related email and content, and secure connectivity to "behind the firewall" applications and data
- BlackBerry World for Work, a connection to the new corporate app storefront for BlackBerry 10 smartphones; IT groups can push and install corporate apps to either company- or personal-owned devices
- creating and managing individual and group "work profiles" with Active Directory integration, customizing different administrator roles with different privileges and powers, letting employees register and set up their own devices via a self-service portal, and centrally controlling user profiles for email, Wi-Fi, VPN and proxy servers.
The BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 software, which is FIPS 140-2 certified, is available for a limited 60-day free trial with included client access licenses is available online. Existing customers can take advantage of the free license trade-up program at www.blackberry.com/licensetradeup, which is available until Dec. 31, 2013.
John Cox covers wireless networking and mobile computing for Network World.
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