The wait is finally over. RIM has announced a new BlackBerry Application Suite for Windows Mobile-based devices. The new suite will enable devices from third-party manufacturers to benefit from the popular BlackBerry software applications and services. This virtual BlackBerry application offers support for BlackBerry email, phone, calendar, address book, tasks, memos, browser, instant messaging and other applications developed for the BlackBerry platform. The new BlackBerry application suite will go together with the existing Windows Mobile 6 functionality and will appear as an icon on the screen. Upon clicking the BlackBerry icon, a suite of BlackBerry applications will load and will feature the familiar user interface of a BlackBerry smartphone. The suite doesn’t boast video playback, but that should not be an issue for business users.
The suite can be connected to BlackBerry Enterprise Server, which closely integrates with Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and Novell GroupWise. Since the BlackBerry application suite will be available for select Windows Mobile 6 based devices, you will have to check with your service provider.