Current BlackBerry Enterprise Server incompatible with BlackBerry 10, blogger says

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The current BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5 platform is incompatible with Blackberry 10 devices, and Research in Motion plans to cease development of the platform, according to a report by BGR.

Citing a RIM (NASDAQ: RIMM) source, BGR's Jonathan Geller wrote that the company will stop development of the BES platform with version 5.0.3, although the company has announced version 5.0.4. Once that version is released, the existing BES platform will not receive further updates.

The next generation of the company's enterprise server, BES 10, will combine the server with Mobile Fusion and will be able to support the BlackBerry 10 smartphone, as well as the Blackberry Playbook tablet. However, BES 10 will not support Java-based BlackBerry smartphones, such as BlackBerry 7, according to Geller. For companies to support both devices, they will have to run BES 5 and BES 10 simultaneously, he added.

"For mid-sized and large corporations, this could be a potential nightmare down the road. Additionally, let's not forget that the new BlackBerry Enterprise Server still won't handle the majority of features the older server handles such as emails, contacts and calendars, and will effectively be a secure VPN tunnel from the BES to the device, with the server not doing any work", Geller explained.

RIM responded to Geller's blog by issuing a statement to media outlets that said, "RIM is developing BES 10, which will support existing BlackBerry devices, including the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and new devices running on the BlackBerry 10 platform. BES 10 will be the ultimate management solution for all BlackBerry platform devices, as well as iOS and Android devices. BES 10 will launch simultaneously with the first BlackBerry 10 devices in Q1 calendar 2013."

Geller shot back, saying that the RIM statement was misleading. In a subsequent blog post, he said that RIM had confirmed to him that companies will need to run BES 5 in order for BlackBerry 7 devices to perform email, contact and calendar functions, and other core functions. RIM told Geller that BES 10 will need to be installed in either a virtual machine or a new server, in addition to the existing BES 5 deployment.

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