Yesterday, Gurtej had a great post on the BlackBerry Developer blog about Hookflash and their port of all major components of both WebRTC and Open Peer libraries to BlackBerry 10. Last week, I had a chance to interview Erik Lagerway during BlackBerry Jam Americas 2013 – take a look!
BlackBerry Live 2013 has been host to a wide number of strategic enterprise partners, one of which is Gwava. Gwava specializes in solutions to keep enterprise customers protected and to achieve regulatory compliance. We caught up with Gwava Vice President of Product Management Jared Allen in the BlackBerry Live Social Media Studio. Check out the video below for the full scoop:
To learn more about Gwava, head over to www.gwava.com. How does your business use tech solutions to meet regulatory compliance and maintain disaster recovery and prevention? Share in the comments below.
What a week! BlackBerry Live 2013 delivered. We got to see the Stanley Cup, chat with government leaders about mobile strategies for the future, announced the BlackBerry Q5 smartphone, launched BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 version 10.1, hosted a LIVE broadcast from the social media studio, introduced a bevy of new business apps, and a whole lot more.
Check out the video below for a quick recap of the week and a list of links for you to dive deeper into all of the info:
Learn more about the news and announcements at BlackBerry Live 2013:
- harmon.ie Office 365 and SharePoint client launched for BlackBerry 10 smartphones
- Michael Hicks shared how governments can leverage existing investments while upgrading to BlackBerry 10 and BES 10
- We interviewed Michael K. Brown on how BlackBerry security is evolving
- Check out highlights of Government Day at BlackBerry Live 2013
- Learn more about the new BlackBerry Q5 smartphone
- Download the new BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 version 10.1
- Follow brands and communities with BBM Channels
- Enterprise Instant Messaging 3.0 launched for BlackBerry 10 smartphones
- We broadcasted LIVE from the social media studio with guests Jeff Holleran and Gregg Ostrowski
- Take a virtual tour of the BlackBerry Booth in the Showcase
- SAP brought new mobile finance apps to the BlackBerry 10 platform
- We rounded up business and productivity apps that are on the way to BlackBerry 10
- Learn how to update from BES 4, 5, or 10 to BES 10 version 10.1
- The winners of this year’s BlackBerry Achievement Awards were announced
- See how attendees reacted to all of the news in the keynote general session
- The Co-Founder and CEO of Harmon.ie shared a demo of the new SharePoint and Office 365 app for BlackBerry 10
Lastly, here’s a quick BlackBerry Live 2013 overview video from Donny over on the Inside BlackBerry Blog:
We hope that you had as much fun as we did, and we can’t wait to connect with you to discuss all of these news and announcements on LinkedIn, Twitter, Spiceworks, and of course the Inside BlackBerry for Business Blog. What was the highlight of your time at BlackBerry Live 2013, or of the news and announcements from the conference? Share in the comments below.
Charaka Kithulegoda, CIO of ING DIRECT Canada, stopped by the Social Media Studio here at BlackBerry Live 2013 to chat with us about partnership with BlackBerry, the ongoing BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 and BlackBerry 10 pilot, and the ING DIRECT Canada app in BlackBerry World. Check out the video below for the full scoop:
At BlackBerry Live 2013 we caught up with the Harmon.ie Co-Founder and CEO Yaacov Cohen to chat about the new Microsoft Office 365 and SharePoint client app for BlackBerry 10, as well as to share a demonstration.
To learn more, head over to www.harmon.ie.
There’s always significant anticipation for the BlackBerry Live keynote general session , and this year was no different as attendees, partners, customers, and developers were able to experience the vision for the future here at BlackBerry. App launches (including Skype for BlackBerry Z10 smartphones!), game demos, the launch of BBM Channels, a reinforced commitment to enterprise with an update of BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, the 10.1 software update for the BlackBerry Z10, a new entry-level BlackBerry 10 smartphone coming for select emerging markets, and the future of mobile computing stacked together to pack one serious punch.
We hit the floor of the Marriott World Center to get reactions from attendees on all of the news, launches, vision, and announcements. Check out the video below for details:
The most exciting element for me was all of the discussion around mobile computing. As a bit of a technology geek, I can’t wait to see what the future has in store. What was your favorite part of the keynote general session? Share in the comments below.
BlackBerry Live 2013 Thursday Morning Brief: Wrapping it Up with Sessions, Certification, and More [VIDEO]
What a week! We’ve seen a lot of exciting news come out of BlackBerry Live and BlackBerry Jam Americas this week including app launches and announcements, partner demos, the future vision for BlackBerry from Thorsten Heins, and more. Today we wrap up BlackBerry Live with a flourish – be sure to check out the hands-on labs, breakout sessions, the BlackBerry Store, and the Showcase. Check out the video below for today’s morning brief:
Make sure that you check out the daily specials in the BlackBerry Store, including HS250 Bluetooth headsets, and microfiber pockets for BlackBerry Z10 smartphones.
What are you most looking forward to today? Share in the comments below.
The BlackBerry Achievement Awards are presented to organizations that are doing business in new and innovative ways with BlackBerry products and services. The awards were classified into five categories: App of the Year, Putting Customers First, Mobile Innovation of the Year, Making the World a Better Place, and Entrepreneur of the Year. We’re super excited to announce this year’s winners!
How to Migrate from BlackBerry Enterprise Server 4, 5, or BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 to BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 version 10.1
It’s time to get your business migrated to the latest enterprise mobility management technology. Whether you’re considering adopting a BYOD approach, looking to integrate enterprise apps into your processes and workflow, or everything in between, BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 version 10.1 has got what you need.
We recently published an overview of the features of BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 version 10.1. The update includes a simplified deployment experience, more extensive EMM controls for customers in regulated industries, dashboard enhancements, and unified cross-platform administration. Today I’d like to focus on how you can upgrade to BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 version 10.1, including some new offers and discounts that you can take advantage of.
This week at BlackBerry Live in Orlando, Florida we were treated to a bevy of new enterprise focused applications launching, and previewing, on BlackBerry 10 smartphones. These applications have been designed to give you, the business user, mobile tools to do your job faster, easier, and more securely while away from your desk.
Take a look below to find out about what we saw, and what is soon to be released on BlackBerry 10.
harmon.ie BlackBerry 10 Edition
harmon.ie for BlackBerry 10 enables secure mobile collaboration for BlackBerry 10 business users. This allows users to use full-featured SharePoint on-premise and Office 365 Apps across desktop and mobile. By providing fully functional, secure connectivity and offline document access, you can keep work moving from your BlackBerry 10 smartphone.
I love accessories. Period! It doesn’t really matter if we’re talking shoes, watches, curtains, throw pillows, or garden gnomes, I love them all and my technology is no exception. I’ve recently started using a BlackBerry Q10 and I have really enjoyed choosing my accessories. I get the feeling everyone else does too. The accessory booth is hopping here at BlackBerry Live with people itching to get their hands on this incredible line up of accessories that have been designed specifically for the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone.
Don’t worry if you weren’t able to join us this year. Head over to www.BlackBerry.com/Q10accessories or your local retailer to pick up these awesome accessories.
What’s the first accessory you’d buy for your BlackBerry Q10?
SAP and BlackBerry have had a long partnership in the enterprise, providing business customers with the secure and essential data and processes they need to keep their business moving as a highly mobile workforce.
With the recent launch of the powerful BlackBerry 10 smartphones, SAP and BlackBerry have been working together to bring even more business critical apps to the new platform. SAP mobile finance apps are now integrated with core features of the BlackBerry 10 smartphone such as the BlackBerry Hub, Calendar, and more, to provide you with an exceptional user experience.
SAP Customer Financial Fact Sheet
This app gives business customers the ability to stay up to date on their customers’ financial status anywhere and anytime. It connects directly with the SAP ERP system to provide the most relevant customer financial data to a BlackBerry 10 smartphone.
Last year’s BlackBerry Booth Tour provided real world examples of how BlackBerry solutions can integrate and benefit your life at home, at work, and for IT administrators. This year we’re taking things to a whole new level by providing an immersive BlackBerry 10 experience alongside 100 of our partners at the Showcase.
A Formula 1 display car, BlackBerry connected Bentley, and the Keep Moving truck are just a few of the highlights. Get hands on with BlackBerry Z10, BlackBerry Q10, and BlackBerry Q5 smartphones, check out the enterprise solution pods, and learn more about BlackBerry Training and Certification. Did I mention the BlackBerry Authentic Accessories pod, BlackBerry World booth, and the Porsche Design center? Check out the video below for the full scoop:
What’s your favorite part of the BlackBerry Booth at this year’s BlackBerry Live conference? Share in the comments below.
The live stream has now concluded. We hope you enjoyed what our guests had to say! Check out footage from the broadcast below:
If you missed our Tuesday morning brief, be sure to check it out to get the scoop on how we kicked off this year’s BlackBerry Live conference. Today we’re excited to check out the hands-on labs and breakout sessions, as well as the partner showcase. Be sure to visit us at the Social Media desk! Check out the video below for the details on what BlackBerry Live has in store for you today:
What are you most looking forward to today? Share in the comments below.
Ready to continue your IM chat away from your desk? BlackBerry 10 now mobilizes Microsoft Lync and IBM SameTime
Today amid all of the excitement at BlackBerry Live 2013 we’ve launched the next version of our free BlackBerry Enterprise Instant Messaging (Enterprise IM) app. The app, available from BlackBerry World, allows employees to securely connect to enterprise IM platforms including Microsoft Lync 2010 and 2013, Microsoft Office Communication Server 2007 R2, and IBM SameTime 8.5 and 8.5.2. If your organization uses these services for collaboration, the experience is about to go mobile with BlackBerry 10.
Features of BlackBerry Enterprise IM 3.0
A value added service for BlackBerry Enterprise Service customers, BlackBerry Enterprise IM 3.0 is compatible with both BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 smartphones. Check out the list below for some of the key features that will keep your business moving:
- BlackBerry Security is built into both the app and the BlackBerry 10 platform, allowing you to discuss work matters confidently using your BlackBerry smartphone
- Chat with colleagues both one-on-one and in group conversations, allowing for flexible productivity
- Presence status is included to quickly indicate your availability
- Escalate a chat directly into a secure voice call from anywhere in the world
- Manage contacts by adding, editing, and deleting from your BlackBerry 10 smartphone
- Search for coworkers from your enterprise contact directory via the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) or Active Directory for Global Address Lookup (GAL)
You must be connected to an instant messaging platform* and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 version 10.1 in order to take advantage of the app and its functionality. Additionally, you’ll require a BlackBerry smartphone running version 10.1 of the BlackBerry 10 platform. Lastly, a BlackBerry Collaboration Service (BCS) 10.1 server component must be deployed by your IT administration.
*Note: Enterprise IM supports the following messaging platforms: Microsoft LyncTM 2010 and 2013; Microsoft Office Communication Server 2007 R2, or IBM Sametime 8.5 and 8.5.2.
Building on BlackBerry Enterprise IM for BlackBerry OS smartphones connected to a BlackBerry Enterprise Server, this updated BlackBerry Enterprise IM app supports regulatory compliance and delivers the security and controls required by many governments and industries. Messages are encrypted end-to-end, protecting the data as it travels through a corporate firewall.
Enterprise IM is definitely my preferred way to ask quick questions of my colleagues and to help everyone dodge email overload. Availability on BlackBerry 10 takes the productivity gains to a whole new level, and allows you to leverage your existing enterprise IM and BlackBerry Enterprise Service investments while expanding the offering to mobile devices for your employees.
Do you use enterprise IM to collaborate in your office? How would taking this functionality mobile benefit your work? Share in the comments below.
BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) has come a long way since its inception as a pin-to-pin messaging service for BlackBerry smartphones. Today it’s evolved to become a real time engagement tool offering text, voice, and video chat as well as screen sharing capabilities. It connects friends, family, and colleagues across international borders as a true communication and collaboration tool. With millions of active fans of BBM worldwide, continued growing integration from the developer community, and the new opportunities with BlackBerry 10, we’re just getting started.
What is BBM Channels?
Today we’d like to introduce BBM Channels; a new way to connect you to your social network and communities of interest. We see BlackBerry Messenger as a platform with endless opportunities for growth and for connecting individuals and groups to what they’re passionate about. BBM Channels allows you to connect to the communities, personas, and brands that you love – in real time.
Choose which channels you’d like to follow, and as a subscriber you can receive, comment, and share timely updates that allow you to stay on top of your interests and communities. Essentially, BBM Channels gives you the immediacy of an instant communications experience but with access to a much wider community.
You also have the option to create your own channel – a great opportunity for large groups, brands, businesses, non-profit organizations, sports teams, and you to reach fans and followers. Simply setup a channel profile, add in a description and welcome message, upload an image, list contact information, and other optional information. Owners of a BBM Channel are able to manage and share content from both a BlackBerry smartphone and from a web-based administration console. You can customize your channel in a variety of ways, not the least of which is choosing to allow community forums threaded into the newsfeed or enabling one-on-one chat between owners and subscribers.
With the latest update, downloading and installing BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 just got a whole lot easier, and the reasons to do so even more compelling. Check out the video below for an overview of the new features:
BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 version 10.1 is free to download and existing BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5 customers can exchange their client access licenses for free through 2013. To date, 12,000 BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 servers have been installed by customers around the world.
As the BlackBerry Live keynote news keeps flowing in I’m happy to introduce you to the youthful and fun BlackBerry Q5 smartphone, running BlackBerry 10. With a QWERTY keyboard and a confident design, this new BlackBerry smartphone has been built to provide a fast, effortless experience that helps you explore, create and share while on the go. Thorsten Heins just revealed the device onstage at BlackBerry Live, but we’ve got all the details ready to share with you below.
I’ve been using this device for a few days now and I’m already in love. It fits into my lifestyle perfectly offering the powerful experience I need and allowing me to flow seamlessly from task to task throughout my day.
Highlights and features of the BlackBerry Q5
- The evolution of the classic BlackBerry Keyboard:
The BlackBerry Q5 features a classic BlackBerry Keyboard with discrete keys that has been re-engineered and elegantly designed to help you type fast, accurately and with the least amount of effort. Plus with Instant Action shortcuts you can type to perform tasks faster. The BlackBerry Q5 smartphone gives you the best of both worlds – a classic QWERTY keyboard for optimized communications and a 3.1” touchscreen for all the rest.
- Create the perfect shot with BlackBerry Time Shift mode and Story Maker
Create the picture perfect shot with BlackBerry Time Shift mode, then create and share your story, weaving together your photos, videos and music into a movie with BlackBerry Story Maker.
- Share and be seen with BBM Video with Screen Share
Instantly switch your BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) chat to a BBM Video conversation and catch up face-to-face. You can even share your screen, whether it’s a photo, a page in the browser, an idea, or a view from your camera.
- Stay close to what’s important to you with BlackBerry Hub
With BlackBerry Hub, all of your messages and social conversations are only one swipe away. There’s no need to stop what you’re doing. Simply peek into the BlackBerry Hub from anywhere with a swipe to effortlessly flow in and out of your messages and conversations.
- BlackBerry World delivers a rich, thriving app and content ecosystem
Discovering and sharing great apps and content is easier than ever with recommendations based on similar purchases, and access to more than 100,000 apps on the BlackBerry World storefront.
Here’s what Thorsten had to say in a recent press release on the new BlackBerry Q5 smartphone:
“BlackBerry is excited to bring the new BlackBerry Q5 smartphone to our customers in selected markets around world,” said Thorsten Heins, President and CEO of BlackBerry. “The BlackBerry Q5 gives you the best of everything with its cutting-edge BlackBerry 10 functionality and a physical QWERTY keyboard. It is for youthful fans that are passionate, confident and bold, and it makes it easy for them to have fun, create, share and stay connected.”
Pricing and Availability
The new BlackBerry Q5 smartphone will be available in selected markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia (including the Asia Pacific region), and Latin America, with availability beginning in July.
There you have it folks – if you live in the areas listed above, you can look forward to getting your hands on the new BlackBerry Q5 with BlackBerry 10. What do you think of this phone? Let us know your thoughts on this stunning new BlackBerry device in the comments below.
Each morning this week we’ll be providing a morning brief to keep you up to date on what you won’t want to miss at this year’s BlackBerry Live 2013 conference in Orlando. We’re committed to keeping a pulse on the event with videos, closer looks, inside perspectives, and breaking news. Check out the video below for the full scoop on today’s packed agenda, which includes the General Session keynote this morning and the BlackBerry Jam Americas keynote this afternoon:
What are you most looking forward to today? Share in the comments below.