This morning, BlackBerry announced its intent to become more interoperable with rival OS Windows Mobile.
That's because of a new software applications suite due "later this year" that will enable third-party devices (i.e., Windows Mobile 6-powered handsets) to run what BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion calls:
"A virtual BlackBerry application experience, including support for BlackBerry email, phone, calendar, address book, tasks, memos, browser, instant messaging and other applications developed for the BlackBerry platform. WinMob6 devices able to run the BlackBerry application suite will be able to connect to BlackBerry services via BlackBerry Enterprise Server as well as BlackBerr Internet Service.
On compatible devices, the BlackBerry utility will be accessible via a BlackBerry icon. Clicking this icon will call up a UI similar to the BlackBerry- with the Windows Mobile applications running in the background and retrievable to UI prominence via its own icon.