BlackBerry to offer cloud-based version of BES12

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Samsung and BlackBerry partnership also extended with further integration of Samsung Knox in BB offerings

BlackBerry will launch a cloud-based version of its device management platform BES 12 later this month, it announced at an event at Mobile World Congress.

The Canadian manufacturer has recently moved more into mobile device management by offering its BES 12 platform to users of Android, iOS and Windows Devices, announced its new Enterprise Mobility Management solution in Barcelona today (March 2).

BES12 Cloud aims to offer small and medium sized businesses more flexible access to secure device on their own networks. It will support Bring Your Own Device and Corporate-Owned Personally enabled devices.

“BlackBerry always commits to deliver secure and innovative products to help our customers drive productivity and efficiency in their organisations, while reducing costs,” said BlackBerry executive vice president for enterprise products and value-add solutions Billy Ho.

“Close relationships with our customers and partners is why we have announced our commitment to delivering a new BES12 Cloud solution later this month and delivered enhancements to BES12 and BBM Meetings today, continuing the expansion and evolution of our offering.”

Knox integration

The new cross-platform device management software is part of a wider update to BES12 that includes additional security protocols for government use, enhanced Android management including support for Samsung’s security platform Knox and additions to the administrator functions on the device.

The Canadian firm has also updated BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) to include a Microsoft Outlook plugin that allows synchronisation between BBM Meetings and the Outlook calendar. BBM-android-ios-web

BlackBerry has also upped the encryption levels on BBM to extend the security of BBM Protected conversations to non-BBM Protected users. This means that all conversations initiated by a user with BBM Protect can be secured.

BBM users can also personalise the messaging app with new customisable options announced at MWC. These included the ability to come up with a customisable PIN, which BlackBerry said was one of the most requested features from BBM users. These cost $1.99 per month from the BB store.

Android Wear also now supports BBM, meaning the messenger app will be available on a range of wearables. Smart watch owners will be able to receive alerts when a new BBM comes in, read messages in their entirety, and respond to them using Google Now.

BlackBerry also announced new BlackBerry Partner applications were being made available for BlackBerry 10, iOS and Android devices focused on the healthcare sector.

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