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BlackBerry Secure Work Space will soon separate personal and work data on Android and iOS devices

by Doug Drinkwater

March 15 2013

BlackBerry's Secure Work Space is expected to come to iOS and Android devices in Q2
BlackBerry's Secure Work Space is expected to come to iOS and Android devices in Q2

Marking the latest sign that the bring-your-own device (BYOD) trend is in full swing, one-time market leader in the enterprise space BlackBerry has confirmed that it will bring its Secure Work Space Technology for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.

The BlackBerry Secure Work Space solution represents an add-on to BlackBerry Balance and will be available to all devices managed through BlackBerry’s Enterprise Service 10 solution, the Canadian company’s multi-platform enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution.

Secure Work Space includes client applications for email, calendar, contacts, tasks, memos, secure browsing and document editing, thereby enabling users to have separate sections for their personal and work data on their iOS and Android devices.

"With BlackBerry Balance technology, we offer the industry's only true compromise-free separation of work and personal data and applications," said David J Smith, BlackBerry’s EVP of enterprise mobile computing.

"With Secure Work Space for iOS and Android devices, we're extending as many of these features as possible to other platforms, critical in today's bring-your-own device world."

BlackBerry says that closed beta testing for Secure Work Space is already underway and expects general availability (to BES10 customers) to come about in the second quarter of this year. The firm is to announce more details on the product at the forthcoming BlackBerry Live conference in May.

BlackBerry announced the BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system, along with the Z10 smartphone, in New York at the end of January and is currently weighing up whether to launch another tablet.

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