I've been starting to receive questions from customers about what RIM's Blackberry 10 and Playbook 2.0 strategy means for Domino support going forward. The Playbook 2.0, for example, is written to use ActiveSync and RIM has already declared that it will work with Lotus Notes Traveler. On our side, IBM is not supporting the Playbook on Traveler...yet. Clearly, though, this is RIM's first step into the ActiveSync world, and it has implications to what we need to support and when going forward.

So with that admittedly-vague statement upfront, I suggest every customer looking at their future with Blackberry read this article.

BlackBerry Mobile Fusion, which is currently available for download in an early, BlackBerry-PlayBook-tablet-only version, is a new software component that will integrate with organizations' existing BlackBerry infrastructure and eventually allow them to manage and secure "smartphones and tablets from any manufacturer", according to Panezic. The initial version of Mobile Fusion with full Android and iOS management features will be released in late March, Panezic says. And RIM will update the software frequently to take advantage of any new security features that Google or Apple build into their respective software over time. ...

New BlackBerry 10 smartphones will be able to use ActiveSync in the future to connect to Exchange Servers--just like the PlayBook tablet, thanks to the new PlayBook OS 2.0 software update. However, organizations with BlackBerry 10 smartphones that want or need the same level of IT security and management that's currently available via BES should use BlackBerry Mobile Fusion. In other words, a direct BlackBerry 10 or PlayBook connection to Exchange still uses ActiveSync but does not offer any sort of trusted secure communications channel like the one afforded by BES or Mobile Fusion, according to Panezic.

Link: CIO: BlackBerry 10 OS to Support Microsoft ActiveSync, No BES: What It Means for IT >

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