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BlackBerry Mobile Fusion remote manages Android, iPhone too

updated 08:35 am EST, Tue November 29, 2011

RIM cedes as Mobile Fusion supports non-BlackBerry

RIM bowed to the realities of the market Tuesday by starting up a private beta of BlackBerry Mobile Fusion. The company's first device management tool lets IT admins remotely track and control phones, including remote wipes, locks, and regular configurations. The platform is RIM's first that isn't exclusive to he BlackBery: it can control Android and iOS devices, including iPhones and iPads.

The main advantage BlackBerry devices have over competition is support for BlackBerry Enterprise Server. BlackBerry phone and PlayBook owners can get the option to "self-service" a phone and lock it down as soon as it's lost rather than waiting for an IT manager to do it. Policies on Android and iOS depend on their individual feature support.

Current testing is focused on a handful of corporate customers. Customers can ask to be picked for a wider but still closed beta in January. Mobile Fusion is expected to go public in late March.

The support for other platforms is a rare gesture from RIM and points to a rare concession to a changing market. Once virtually the only option in the corporate world, the BlackBerry is now in a close fight with the iPhone for corporate acceptance, with Android small but growing. Attempts to pitch the BlackBerry PlayBook as a corporate tablet have also largely struggled, as 92 percent of the Fortune 500 is testing or using the iPad while just a small number have committed to trying PlayBooks.

RIM touts that 90 percent of the Fortune 500 carries BlackBerry devices, but it admitted that BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and, indirectly, iOS-first strategies were changing the "diversity" of the workplace.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. moshu

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Too little?

    Too late? Time will tell I suppose. Saying that one can't wipe/lock an iOS device without contacting IT management is incorrect. Part of the issue, I think, is that IT departments have become 'all powerful', the end user can't do anything without a 'note from mom', ergo the the surging popularity of BYOD

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    WAY too little....

    .... way too late. Last desperate spasm from RIM.

    Why are these guys still CEO???

    Everything they just announced, you can already do with Apple's own (better) tools, or a couple of other Enterprise management tools.

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