RIM: BlackBerry Enterprise Server will support all devices; we goofed

RIM: BlackBerry Enterprise Server will support all devices; we goofed

Summary: BlackBerry maker Research in Motion has said that all BlackBerry devices will be compatible with its next-generation enterprise server offerings, contrary to earlier reports.

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Earlier today, I wrote that Research in Motion is developing a new version of its BlackBerry Enterprise Server offering because its older version is incompatible with the next-generation BlackBerry 10 platform. This was based on a BGR report that was circulated earlier in the day.

Half right, but also half wrong. We goofed, and we're sorry.

Here's the deal. 

A RIM spokesperson got in touch later today to say that the smartphone maker is working on "developing BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) 10," which will "support existing BlackBerry devices, including the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and new devices running on the BlackBerry 10 platform."

They added:

BES 10 will be the ultimate management solution for all BlackBerry platform devices, as well as iOS and Android devices. BES 10 will launch simultaneously with the first BlackBerry 10 devices in [the first quarter of 2013].

RIM will also provide an upgrade to BES 10 for existing BES customers, so enterprises will have the most up-to-date offerings to manage their users.

One of the concerns with the original report was the suggestion that enterprises would require two servers -- one new, and one legacy -- to support newer BlackBerry 10 devices, and legacy BlackBerry 7 and earlier devices. As RIM made clear later today, that's not the case at all. 

Here's the old post so you can perform your own post-mortem. Thanks to all the comments in the original piece that pointed out the error. It's a credit to the ZDNet community that we're blessed with expert readers from all areas, platforms and environments that can point out when we get something wrong.

Topics: BlackBerry, Enterprise Software, Mobile OS, Mobility, Security

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  • lol

    Typical ZDnet bloggers, why dont you do your own research first and check the facts before posting. This is what sets apart journalists like Mary-Jo from the bloggers. Not you personally but getting tired of 3rd rate opinionated biased bloggers.
    Xenon8
  • Zack

    Zack, Zack, Zack. Wow, some mothers do have them, don't they.
    mpgme
  • BGR is a rumor site

    Tech sites need to validate their sources, why bother rehashing rumors?

    Its like trusting a crack addict as a key informant.

    BGR has had a vendetta against RIM for a few years now.
    MobileAdmin
  • Paid update to BES10 or free update to BES10?

    So you have to upgrade your BES if you want to get BB10s. Will that be free?
    Johnny Vegas
  • Write first, correct later

    By blogging, they can be the "first," to make news. Valid or not. Rather than a true journalist that cites fact, and researches the source. Those are the good ole days.

    These days sensationalism is the new thing in the "news." If the headline doesn't cry bloody murder, the end of the world, no one will click the link. Thus no ad revenue, ergo no more publication. It's a problem in the entire industry from top to bottom.
    unredeemed
  • Not wrong after all

    Check the latest update from BGR - looks like RIM was being deliberately obtuse and you do need both BES 5 and BES 10 to support before and after bb10 devices. BGR claims they were told this hours ago by RIM. So who does the FUD??
    toothlessbillybob
  • BES

    WOOHH !! For a second, my heart nearly stopped there. Thank goodness old BBs will continue to work.
    Opthizet
    • They will work, if ...

      Yes the old ones will continue to work as long as you keep BES 5. For the new ones you will need BES10 (at least based on the lastest info).
      toothlessbillybob
  • right

    we are going to cut off are old devices. gee why not just shoot yours in the foot.right
    sarai1313@...
  • ZDnet always bias against RIM

    ZDnet is an agent of Apple. Their name is on apple payrole, they are trying hard to kill RIM and android but it can't work. RIM rules.
    perryy
  • Yet you still lead with a missleading headline!

    My first thought was that "we goofed" referred to a mistake made by RIM.

    Please fix your headline to read "ZDNet retraction: RIM's server WILL support all devices"
    dimonic
  • Not all that wrong

    "One of the concerns with the original report was the suggestion that enterprises would require two servers -- one new, and one legacy -- to support newer BlackBerry 10 devices, and legacy BlackBerry 7 and earlier devices. As RIM made clear later today, that's not the case at all. "

    *any more*. Up until recently, Mobile Fusion/BDS/UDS (or what is now being referred to as BES 10) requirements included being hosted on a separate server. Now suddenly BES 5.0.4 launches and the release notes say "you can host BES 10 on the same server once this is installed." Having to spin up a separate OS was a blocker to us even looking at Fusion
    dowlingm