Virtual BlackBerry environment shown running on Windows Mobile phone

By Justin Mann on December 17, 2008, 4:16 PM
One of the biggest reasons many enterprises prefer to use Blackberrys over the competition is the robust set of applications that RIM has designed specifically for the business user. Now the company is attempting to extend their software's reach into the Windows Mobile world, providing a VM that runs the Blackberry Application Suite on a Windows Mobile phone. This virtualized environment is one step closer to completion, and you can see an actual demonstration of it running on a Windows Mobile-based HTC Touch Pro phone (video here).

Some might see this as a confusing step, giving people who want Blackberry applications a way to do it without buying a real BB device. In computer terms, however, this is similar as having Apple offering OS X licenses to all computers and not just their own branded models.

From another standpoint, it could make sense as a way to expand their reach by leaps and bounds if they convince enough mobile users to use and get accustomed to the BB environment. The next time you buy a phone you might be inclined to get a BB device or just any phone you like but paying for the software that runs your standard Blackberry features. If not entirely practical on the surface, it is still an interesting approach.


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