BlackBerry Enterprise Server support coming to Windows Phone

Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system is now ahead of BlackBerry for the third most used mobile OS. That may be one of the reasons why current BlackBerry CEO John Chen wants to add support for Windows Phone to the company's popular BlackBerry Enterprise Server.

In an new interview with CrackBerry.com, Chen stated some of the things that he and BlackBerry plan to do to get the company back on track after a disastrous 2013. One of them is expanding its BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) business which Chen says makes money for the company but added, "It's just not growing.

Chen said:

I could put a sales team on Wall Street. I know how to do this up and down Wall Street …  we will go in and tell them why BES is the best thing for them, and go through the road map, the offerings, and all that good stuff. We're going to protect their investment in iPhone, and Android, and everywhere else, even with Windows Phones.

Many businesses use BES on their servers and adding Windows Phone support could allow for more employees, especially those who bring their own handsets to work, to access their company's servers with their own devices.

Chen also talked about expanding its BBM online messaging service to iOS and Android, stating that since the launch to both of those new platforms in October, it has added 40 million new users on top of the 45 million BlackBerry subscribers. Sadly, Chen did not state if BBM would also be released for Windows Phone.

Source: CrackBerry | Image via BlackBerry

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xankazo said,
I don't want this, I want BBM.

Why? So you can message the other 3 people using a Blackberry device that don't have access to any of the million free message apps available.

Say what you will but bbm has a certain appeal to it in many areas. I'd welcome it on Windows Phone. Still waiting for Black Update on my 820 though.

Sadelwo said,
Say what you will but bbm has a certain appeal to it in many areas. I'd welcome it on Windows Phone. Still waiting for Black Update on my 820 though.

Ha. All us WP users do is wait for updates.

I honestly don't understand why. BBM is no better or no worse than nearly any online messaging platform on the planet. Whatsapp or Viber, hell, even Skype, Facebook, Yahoo etc.

I used BB for years, until they decided that they just didn't want to compete anymore. I just don't get it. What appeal does it have?

Why? Default active sync is cheaper and much easier to manage and MDM vendors like mobileiron and air watch offer better active sync solutions if you want something more robust. BES servers are horrible to manage and licenses are expensive.

Its different though, as BES is more about absolute device control, down to the micro management level, whereas exchange even in 2013 and with far more options for device management than before still lacks a lot compared to BES.

I have to say though, BES is horrible and I never want to touch it again in my life, but for the enterprise folks that have regulations and demand control, this is good.

I would agree, BES was used mostly for the security aspect. I do like some of the policies that Exchange 2013 added, but as you said not quite there. Also didn't need to expose a common external port for security purposes when doing BES, which is always nice

BES was just a monster when things went bad, but normally it would run without issues. Maybe lets hope it integrate into exchange better than it had so we can use less resources...

The setup always seemed more difficult than it had to be. I'm glad to have removed it from most of my customers...

kingofthecarts said,
I would agree, BES was used mostly for the security aspect. I do like some of the policies that Exchange 2013 added, but as you said not quite there. Also didn't need to expose a common external port for security purposes when doing BES, which is always nice

BES was just a monster when things went bad, but normally it would run without issues. Maybe lets hope it integrate into exchange better than it had so we can use less resources...

The setup always seemed more difficult than it had to be. I'm glad to have removed it from most of my customers...

The day I convinced a customer of mine (where they all used BB devices) to switch and just use direct active sync was the day I rejoiced!

They didn't need it, it was a pain and like you say a lot of it just didn't make sense (setup wise and config was a nightmare, nothing was intuitive at all).

But for a company where the size of IT would allow someone to be the dedicated BB guy and where they would need this level of security its a good system.

every time these apps come out, I can't help to notice the burn in some people who for some inexplicable reason are set on a mobile landscape with no choice of OS but android. And you ask them why and turns out it was hate of anything windows due to their long dominance that drives their anti-choice rhetoric.

cheers for the 3rd ecosystem. I'd welcome a 4th with Ubuntu. we don't want to go back to the days of one company calling the shots.

Agreed, I personally will never use another Android product again. I am glad we have choices and I am finding that Blackberry adequately fulfills all of my smartphone needs.