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BlackBerry CEO Chen confirms BES is coming to Windows Phone

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BlackBerry CEO Chen confirms BES is coming to Windows Phone
The other day we told you that the Managing Director of BlackBerry India, Sunil Lalvani, said that BES  is going to be supporting Windows Phone. This was actually rumored as far back as last September. The Enterprise Server currently supports BlackBerry, iOS and Android. On Monday, BlackBerry CEO John Chen confirmed that BES will soon work with smartphones running on Microsoft's mobile OS.

The Canadian OEM offers the service to corporations and government agencies that need to control a fleet of smartphones. BES allows IT departments to hook up employees' personal devices to the firm's email system, or wipe data from a stolen or lost phone. It can also control a phone's camera to make sure it is not operational during business hours. While BES is one part of BlackBerry that is still making money, Chen says that the service is not growing and has actually lost users since the retirement of BlackBerry 7 OS. The executive says that he wants to add "features and functionality" in order to spur growth.

"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."-John Chen, CEO, BlackBerry

Now, the question is whether BlackBerry will add BBM for Windows Phone. Already available for iOS and Android, BBM is expected to be monetized this year, most likely with the BlackBerry Channels discussion groups. BlackBerry is hoping to charge corporations to start channels to reach BBM users. And considering that more eyeballs would mean more money for the company, it would make sense for BlackBerry to eventually release the messaging app for Windows Phone users.

source: Crackberry via WPCentral

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posted on 13 Jan 2014, 15:19

1. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 240; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


Desperate things from a desperate company...

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 18:51 2

2. rdaex (Posts: 85; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Only in the world of cellular blogging could moves like this be called desperate.
People amaze me with the level of useless stress they subject themselves to over the choice of a pocket computer.
Reexamine your life if youre on the internet arguing with people about OS choices.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 01:31

3. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 240; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


It's called freedom of speech! And everyone can speak/write what they are thinking.. this is my opinion.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 04:09 2

4. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2121; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


He's exercising freedom of speech too. Clearly, he thinks you need a life.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 04:53

5. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 240; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


Ok I understood what he said and let's close this topic.. It's none of your business what I'm doing with my life. Like I don't care about your or his life.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 10:39 1

7. elitewolverine (Posts: 1435; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Agree with rdaex and g2 here. But hey it's the internet i am surprised he didnt say this while riding a pink unicorn screaming "freedom"

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 05:36

6. Diego! (Posts: 503; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


This is great news! I've seen BBM on an iPhone and it works great! I'm sure it will be the same for WP8 with a Modern UI design. I hope they release it soon.

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