07-05-2013 11:01 AM
I'm an early adopter of the Z10. I've been sticking by Blackberry and promoting them as much as possible. I really do believe it's a superior experience, and it helps me get things done every day.
With that said, in some respects, my Bold 9700 offered things that we just don't yet have on the BB10 platform. I've asked many people, and nobody can give me a straight answer on what's preventing us from at least matching what I was used to for years on the OS6 platform... Here are my 2 "worst offender" examples, and a reason why we need them:
I'm hoping that someone here can at least address what's preventing us from getting these solutions. Do you know? Have you heard anything? Does this bother you, too?
07-05-2013 01:52 PM
The main reason why the BBIM client requires BES10 is because RIM builds their IM client to be a generic piece of software which talks to the BES, and the BES is responsible for communication between itself and whatever Instant Messaging solution an organization is using.
From the perspective of BlackBerry, it's not just a "Lync client", it's a generic Microsoft Office Communications Server, Lync Server, IBM Lotus Sametime, and Novell GroupWise Messenger client. This allows BlackBerry to have one client regardless of which Instant Messaging back-end an organization might be using.
Note that the BlackBerry IM client only provides IM with Lync, you can't do audio/video chat or any of the telephony functions like you can on iOS or Android.
That said, it's not much help if the organization doesn't use BES10, but I can't see BlackBerry developing their own Lync client. You'd have more luck pressuring Microsoft to build a Lync client like they have done for iOS and Android, and if they did it you'd probably get a lot more functionality anyway. Good luck with that is all I can say...
FYI, the Lync client doesn't use ActiveSync which is a protocol used by Exchange for email sync to mobile devices, it uses a secured SSL session through your firewall. But, the end result is that you can access your Lync environment from anywhere which is what matters I suppose.
For your second question, it's mostly about incentive and money. The amount of money required for a developer to write a native BlackBerry 10 version of their app, or even port their Android app to BB10, can be significant. Even for a fairly simple port you can be looking at tens of thousands of dollars of time and money spent. Many developers just don't see the benefit in doing so given the relatively low number of BB10 devices sold (keeping in mind that while 3 million sold is a big number to your or me, it's not that big compared to the number of iOS and Android devices on the market), or can't justify the cost in relation to potential revenue from the platform.
07-05-2013 10:17 PM