by Al Sacco

BlackBerry Virtualization Video: BlackBerry OS In Action on Windows Mobile

Dec 17, 20082 mins
Enterprise Applications

Yesterday, a collection of images showing RIM’s BlackBerry operating system (OS) running on a Windows Mobile-powered HTC Fuze surfaced, sending bloggers and tech writers into a tizzy over the possibilities of being able to run the BlackBerry OS on non-RIM devices.

image of Windows Mobile-powered HTC Fuze running BlackBerry OS
RIM BlackBerry OS on Windows Mobile HTC Fuze

Today the same site that offered up the photos has posted a video as further proof that the shots are not part of some elaborate ruse.

The “BlackBerry virtualization” is possible due to an upcoming software offering from RIM called the BlackBerry Application Suite—not to be confused with the BlackBerry Application Center–according to The BlackBerry Application Suite will reportedly replace the aging BlackBerry Connect service, which enables organizations with non-BlackBerry devices to connect users to either BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) or a BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) to utilize RIM’s renowned “push” technology and boost security.

The video quality is quite poor and it’s hard to make out any specific details, but it does further substantiate claims that the BlackBerry Application Suite does indeed exist and that it may be coming in the near future. The clip also shows the BlackBerry OS boot process, and RIM fans will quickly notice the BlackBerry OS 4.6/4.7 clock progress icon that appears on screen during startup. (Note: The first minute and a half of video shows nothing but this blank startup screen, and there’s no audio that I could find, so you may want to skip ahead a bit.)

BlackBerry Application Suite

For more on the BlackBerry Application Suite, read “BlackBerry Virtualization: RIM OS Spotted on Windows Mobile.”


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