In an interesting move Research in Motion (RIM) have announced a new software application suite that enables Windows Mobile users to get the Blackberry experience.
The new BlackBerry application will appear as an icon on the screen in the same manner as other third-party applications.
Upon clicking the BlackBerry icon, a suite of BlackBerry applications will load and will feature the familiar user interface of a BlackBerry device. The device’s existing Windows Mobile applications are preserved, allowing the user to easily and quickly switch between the Windows Mobile applications and the BlackBerry application suite.
This is an interesting move as it does provide a great opportunity for Lotus Domino or Groupwise users to utilise Windows Mobile devices with their backend infrastructure. It also underpins Windows Mobile as the platform beyond email and may prove somewhat dangerous to RIM as customers have a very easy path to then switch to native Exchange Direct Push.
Blackberry Connect has always been very limited in use as the experience was always massively deficient compared to a Blackberry device, hopefully this solution which be much closer.
You can read more about the solution which will be available later this year in the press release HERE