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BlackBerry 10 beta testing under way with several big companies ahead of January launch

News by Andrew Kameka on Monday December 17, 2012.

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Research In Motion has seen some high-profile clients defect from using BlackBerry devices because of a perceived lack of features, but the company today announced that it has already started an invitation-only testing of upcoming BlackBerry 10 devices and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10. RIM says that 120 customers companies are testing both BES 10 and BB10 ahead of the scheduled unveiling of its next line BlackBerry products on January 30, 2013. The list of companies spans across several industries and government agencies, and includes 64 Fortune 500 companies.

Organizations invited to participate in RIM's program receive early access to device management and communication features in BES 10, as well as the upcoming features of the first BlackBerry 10 devices. One supposed BlackBerry 10 handset has already been spotted, and a second model is expected to be announced next month. RIM will need both devices to be successful if it hopes to slow its dwindling market share, and the crucial enterprise segment will largely define how well the company performs in the early months of BB 10's release.

Robin Bienfait, Chief Information Officer, Research In Motion said:

"Beginning today, RIM will be visiting some of our enterprise and government 'early adopters' and getting them started with the BlackBerry 10 platform. At RIM, we've seen the power of our new enterprise mobility management solution first-hand, and we are thrilled to share BlackBerry 10 directly with these leading organizations."

source: RIM

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