Earlier today, Research In Motion announced its intentions to bring its BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) its mobile device security and administration services to both Android and iOS. Through its acquisition of ubitexx, the Canadian company is looking to expand the portfolio of mobile devices its BES solution supports. “The single web-based console is being designed to provide IT administrators with a simple and efficient way to distribute software and manage policies, inventory, security and services for BlackBerry devices, as well as other mobile devices,” reads the press release. “IT administrators will be able to manage devices over-the-air, including activating devices, distributing software and applications, locking or wiping devices, enforcing and resetting device passwords, setting IT policies, and managing optional mobile applications for end users. Certain features are expected to remain exclusive to BlackBerry devices because such capabilities are built into the design of a device’s operating system.” The new solution should be available “later this year.” Hit the jump for the full release.
In a move that can only be described as “long overdue”, AT&T has finally pushed out the service books necessary to run the RIM native AIM and ICQ clients on the carrier’s BlackBerry handsets. The clients have long been available to other carriers, (unless you did the bait and switch Service Book trick) but now that AT&T has finally given them their blessing, the apps can be had through mobile.blackberry.com. Both apps integrate perfectly with the OS of course, and compliment the Google Talk app and Windows Live Messenger app in rounding out the free IM solutions available directly from BlackBerry.