Research in Motion has announced that BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, a device management service aimed at businesses and government agencies, is now available for download.
The software is a follow-up to RIM\’s previous Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution, and lets businesses manage both old and new BlackBerry mobile devices and applications, as well as iOS and Android ones. BlackBerry Balance tech is also supported, which separates work data from personal data on BlackBerry devices. RIM says that the new service was made to support both corporate- and personally-owned machines, in the hopes of getting on top of the increasingly prevalent BYOD trend.
A 60-day free trial can be downloaded along with the software right now. TechnologyGuide has reached out to RIM to clarify what the pricing plans for businesses will be once that free trial expires, and will update if and when more information is given.
This release is largely a precursor to RIM\’s full reveal of the long-awaited BlackBerry 10 operating system, which is currently set for January 30. The company is also expected to show off the first BlackBerry 10-capable devices as part of the global event. TechnologyGuide will be in New York to cover the announcements next week, so be sure to check back and see if RIM can make its first steps towards reclaiming its former mobile dominance.
Update: RIM tells TG that device licenses for BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 will start at $99 per user for a single Client Access License (CAL). The company also reminds users that existing BlackBerry customers can still upgrade their licenses for free through the BlackBerry 10 Ready Program, which will last until December 31.