Rim to end BES support in 2015

Organisations that plan to upgrade to BES 10 will also have to upgrade their employees’ Blackberry handsets as Research In Motion’s upcoming release won’t support devices that run OS 7 or earlier.When the BlackBerry 10 (BB10) mobile operating system launches in the first quarter of 2013, the current version of Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES), 5.0.3, will get a service pack 4 update. Following that, Research In Motion (RIM) will still support BES 5.0.4 and older Java-based devices until the end of 2015, so the rumour goes.

BES 10 will need to be installed as either a virtual machine or on a separate physical server, an RIM spokesperson has said. In other words, enterprises will either have to virtualize or maintain two different server products to manage its fleet of old devices and new QNX-based BlackBerry 10 devices.

So its time to wait and see what BB 10 brings – this is squeaky bum time for RIM 🙂