Research In Motion (RIM) has just announced plans to release a suite of applications that will let a Windows Mobile-based smartphone act as if it was a BlackBerry in many ways.
The company’s goal is to provide users with a virtual BlackBerry application experience, including support for BlackBerry email, phone, calendar, address book, tasks, memos, browser, instant messaging, and other applications developed for the BlackBerry platform.
In addition, devices running the suite suite will be able to connect to the BlackBerry Enterprise Server as well as the BlackBerry Internet Service.
A BlackBerry Inside a Pocket PC?
This BlackBerry application will not completely replace Windows Mobile on the device; it will simply be one more application running on it
RIM’s upcoming suite suite will appear as an icon in the Windows Mobile application launcher, just as other third-party software does. Upon clicking the icon, a full suite of applications will load, and this will use the familiar user interface of a BlackBerry smartphone.
However, other Windows Mobile applications that were previously running on the device will continue to run in the background, and the user will be able to switch between the Windows Mobile applications and the BlackBerry application suite.
Users will still be able to make use of the various input methods built into their smartphone, including a touchscreen and stylus, QWERTY keyboard, D-pad, etc.
RIM plans to begin offering the new software application suite later this year for some models running Windows Mobile 6.
More information on this announcment can be found on RIM’s web site.
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