Just one week before the big launch of BlackBerry 10, Research In Motion has announced that BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 is now available for download.
RIM said BES 10 "re-invents" RIM's enterprise mobility management solution by bringing together device management, security, and mobile app management for BlackBerry devices. BES 10 also includes a single console for managing BlackBerry, Android and iOS devices, RIM said.
"BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 empowers employees to be more productive and better equipped to serve customers while it provides business and IT leaders with the confidence that corporate data is protected and manageable in the same way they have long enjoyed with BlackBerry," Peter Devenyi, senior vice president of Enterprise Software at RIM, said in a statement. "BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 makes mobility easy for businesses to help keep them moving."
RIM touted the flexibility allowed in BES 10, including the option for employees to use business-issued smartphones or their own devices - even if those gadgets aren't BlackBerrys. All devices are managed via a web-based console, while managers have the option to separate secure work apps from personal content on BlackBerrys via BlackBerry Balance.
RIM also touted BlackBerry World for Work, a new corporate app storefront for BlackBerry 10 smartphones that lets companies manage employees' apps. "Administrators can push and install the organization's mandatory apps to both corporate and personal-owned devices and publish recommended apps to employees," RIM said.
Managers can also drill down and set up work profiles, providing access to certain content to specific people and groups.
The BES10 software is available for download on BlackBerry.com. New users get a limited 60-day free trial; existing users can sign up for the free license trade up program, which is available until 31 December.
For consumers, meanwhile, RIM is scheduled to take the wraps off BlackBerry 10 and new BlackBerry smartphones at a New York press event on 30 January. The new OS was supposed to be released last year, but was delayed until this month, allowing Samsung and Apple to steamroll past RIM in terms of market share in 2012.
Earlier this month, RIM held two Port-A-Thon events for the BB10 Community and Android developers. In total, it received 15,000 app submissions within 37.5 hours.