BlackBerry announces BlackBerry Experience Suite

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Today, BlackBerry announced the next step in their cross-platform strategy – the BlackBerry Experience Suite, for iOS, Android and Windows.

BlackBerry Experience Suite takes the form of three separate Suites that take BlackBerry’s famous productivity, security and collaboration features and takes them cross-platform.  As the Inside BlackBerry blog says:

“As we’ve already done with BBM, BlackBerry Blend, BES, and many other cross-platform solutions (see above), we want to empower all mobile professionals in order to supercharge their productivity and allow them to work across all their devices in an effortless and secure way.”

The three BlackBerry Experience Suites are:

BlackBerry Productivity Suite:

  • Manage work and personal messages, and edit documents across all your devices in an effortless and secure manner.
  • Master all your personal and work messages in one place – email, text, BBM, social accounts.
  • Intelligent work flows and deeply integrated search helps you tackle the highest priority communications first, including high-priority messages, documents and contacts, across devices and cloud sources.

BlackBerry Communication & Collaboration Suite:

  • Share and collaborate securely in real-time with colleagues through instant meetings, Wi-Fi voice calls, video chat and an integrated calendar view.
  • View and edit documents and calendar invitations across all your devices in an effortless and secure way.

BlackBerry Security Suite:

  • Protect your personal and work information from malware and data theft with BlackBerry’s secure encryption and privacy controls.
  • Secure emails, messages, phone calls, calls and documents across any mobile computing environment
  • Integrate and securely manage work and personal messages through separate containers.

These suites can be purchased individually or together as the BlackBerry Experience Suite. BlackBerry will begin offering the BlackBerry Experience Suite later this year.

Jon Hunnings

(Step-)father & husband. I code directly on my #BlackBerry devices, in between blogs! Contact me via Twitter: @BrizBerryDevs or via email: brizberrydevs@utbblogs.com

  • web99

    I can’t wait to hear what the BlackBerry detractors say next. It’s not just about apps and consumer marketshare. Innovation matters and BlackBerry is leading in this area.

  • TRUENORTH

    Super! Now I can buy any flavour of phone and enjoy all of my favourite BlackBerry features . .. . ..

    I could be wrong, but I always thought that the prime motivator for buying one product instead of another was because offered features that the others didn’t.

  • mrabody

    @TN

    I think you’ll find that the intended market for these products will be enterprise users. There will presumably be monthly or annual subscription fees to be paid. If you’re an enterprising BlackBerry Enterprise sales rep, you’ll sell the customer this “cheap” software solution to increase the productivity of their fleet of iPhone. A year or two later you’ll be back to sell them a new fleet of BlackBerry handsets to replace the iPhone and help them save the subscription costs of the software you sold them previously.

    Remember, under Chen, BlackBerry has pivoted back to enterprise. This isn’t about giving consumers the opportunity to experience BB10 on their iPhone or Galaxy S6, this is about making BlackBerry indispensable to businesses.

    In any event, an iPhone running the BlackBerry experience suite will still be an expensive, fragile handset with a home button, and poor battery life.

  • ATInsider

    Though I understand why BlackBerry has taken this route, BlackBerry should keep HUB to itself and only have it available on BB10. That alone defines BB10.

    That said, HUB will not run properly on iOS or Android, such as not giving people the same experience as it does with BB10. HUB is part of BB10’s core, and the entire make up of the OS in general. It’s not an app.

    iOS gives the illusion of multitasking, where in fact iOS is incapable of true multitasking. Android can multitask, and could run HUB in a better manner than iOS, but the issue with Android is the actual OS, its full of minor and major issues that continually slows it down. I’ve been playing with a Samsung Galaxy S4 for months now, and let me tell you, this thing needs a restart at least once a week, because it tends to lag a lot.

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