RIM updates Fusion with new features for iOS and PlayBook

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Mobile device management tool updated to provide new features for additional devices, with manufacturer making solution available in a further 37 countries

Research In Motion (RIM) has released a free update of its BlackBerry Mobile Fusion MDM solution that provides a number of new features for iOS devices and BlackBerry PlayBook tablets.

The manufacturer said organisations managing iOS devices will see enhancements in the configuration of Wi-Fi, VPN and ActiveSync service, and the ability to manage the distribution of applications.

It added those managing PlayBook tablets will benefit from features including ‘Over The Air’ enrollment and configuration of devices, fyll device encryption and certificate-based authentication with Microsoft Exchange. These updates will be accessible with a pending update on the PlayBook operating system.

BlackBerry Mobile Fusion is also available on BlackBerry smartphones and handsets running off the Android operating system.

In addition, the release of ‘Service Pack 1’ sees RIM expanding the availability of Fusion to an additional 37 countries globally. Fusion, which was initially accessible in 44 countries across EMEA, North America, Asia Pacific and Latin America, is now available in 81 countries worldwide.

RIM enterprise product management senior director Jeff Holleran said: “Organisations are increasingly looking for a trusted partner to help them manage the proliferation of both corporate provided and employee provided or BYOD mobile devices.

“While BlackBerry Mobile Fusion will allow customers to manage BlackBerry PlayBook tablets as well as iOS and Android devices today, it will also prepare customers for a simple and straightforward upgrade to BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, when it launches together with the first of our new BlackBerry 10 smartphones

“We have listened to feedback from our customers about how we could help them be even more effective and have prioritized the development of the new features and functionally with this update.”

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