In honor of the mobile phone turning 40 years old this week, today’s post is on the BlackBerry Z10. (BTW: did you know the first mobile phone weighed 2.5 pounds and took 10 hours to charge?!)
Back to the topic at hand. In January, when the BlackBerry Z10 was just officially unveiled, we took a look at the bells and whistles available on the device (Read: BlackBerry’s Reinvention: A look at BlackBerry Z10). And now that the BlackBerry Z10 is available in over 35 countries, by all accounts it is just what the company needs if they have any hope of taking back market share from iPhone and Android makers.
As part of its promotional push, BlackBerry is even letting iPhone and Android users test drive the new operating system by pointing their mobile browsers to BlackBerry.com/glimpse.
Wait One Second!
While people are rushing out to purchase the new device, it is important to understand that the new device is quite different from previous versions, and I don’t mean from a look and feel perspective (well, that too.) The BlackBerry 10 operating system uses ActiveSync (think Android, iPhones and Windows Phones), which means that they cannot be managed from an existing Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES).
This has implications for corporate users and IT departments. Chances are your IT department already has a plan in place to support the new device, but it is important to check before purchasing the BlackBerry 10.
How is it Different?
Let’s get semi-technical here. The BlackBerry Z10 devices need to be managed from a BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 server, which is an upgrade from BES 5. BlackBerry is allowing customers to trade up their existing licenses for the new BES 10 for free (learn how here).
However, this new software cannot be installed on the same server as an existing BES version. Previous BlackBerry devices (software running 7, 6, 5) cannot be managed directly by BES 10, which means that an additional server may be required if there are users with new and old BlackBerry devices.
Now if your firm has already embraced the bring your own device (BYOD) trend and is using Androids/iPhones/Windows phones with a TMG/NetScaler, there is a good chance the BlackBerry 10 devices can be configured to send and receive email easily. To receive added functionality and security (like that of BES 5) a Blackberry Enterprise Service 10 – Enterprise Mobility Management is needed.
Check with IT or your trusty service provider (Eze Castle Integration!) to discuss how you can start using the BlackBerry Z10.