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BlackBerry Software Push

Research In Motion's BlackBerry has captured a huge market of corporate users determined to stay connected. Now, RIM is in the middle of a software push that it hopes will extend the world's addiction to its e-mail- and 'Net-friendly devices and smart phones.

In April, RIM announced a software suite that would enable a "virtual" BlackBerry experience on phones running Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 (WM6). The move would do more than simply provide a consistent UI to users across the BlackBerry and WM6 platforms; it would also enable the growing fleet of WM6-enabled phones to tap RIM services, including the push e-mail service at the heart of BlackBerry's success.

Then, just yesterday, RIM announced that it was releasing a Visual Studio plug-in that would enable developers to build BlackBerry apps in Microsoft's flagship IDE. As reported by RDN's Chris Kanaracus, RIM says the plug-in lets developers build "rich client applications with a flexible user interface, offline data storage, asynchronous push and secure data access."

More important, it opens the floodgates for thousands of .NET developers to become active writing applications for the BlackBerry platform.

Posted by Lee Pender on 05/09/2007

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