Blackberry vs Windows Phone
Last updated: July 13, 2017
BlackBerry OS is a proprietary mobile operating system, developed by Research In Motion for its BlackBerry line of smartphone and tablet devices. The operating system provides multitasking and supports specialized input devices that have been adopted by RIM for use in its handhelds, particularly the trackwheel, trackball, and most recently, the trackpad and touchscreen.
Windows Phone is a mobile operating system developed by Microsoft, and is the successor to its Windows Mobile platform, although incompatible with it. Windows Phone offers a new user interface called Metro, integrates the operating system with third party services and other Microsoft services, and sets minimum requirements for the hardware, on which it runs.
Latest news about Blackberry and Windows Phone:
13.07.17. Microsoft drops support of Windows Phone. Mobile OS Windows Phone fell into Microsoft's "end of support" category for software, which means there will be no updates to it of any kind, including security updates. If you keep using an unsupported device, you'll be wide open to hackers, and that usually ends in all your content being locked until you pay a certain amount of Bitcoin to a certain address. Microsoft technically hasn't given up on mobile; the company still supports Windows 10 Mobile, which is the successor to Windows Phone. The problem is only a minority of Windows Phone 8.1 phones are able to upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile. But we haven't heard about an exciting Windows smartphone or a new set of features on the platform in years, and Microsoft definitely isn't talking much about it. In fact, at its annual Build conference in May, the company has talked more about iOS and Android than Windows 10 Mobile.
05.09.15. Blackberry to acquire mobile device management vendor Good Technology. BlackBerry, which has lost most of its worldwide handset marketshare, continues to shift its focus to mobile enterprise security. The company announced that it’s purchasing mobile device management vendor Good Technology for $425 million in cash. It’s easy to forget now that BlackBerry was once the undisputed leader in enterprise mobility, but when Apple and Android came along, BlackBerry quickly lost its dominant position. CEO John Chen said in a press conference that the two companies fit well together, especially given that Good’s strength is in iOS, where BlackBerry is not as strong. Chen also pointed out that the company wants to switch to a subscription business, and the vast majority of Good’s revenue comes from subscriptions, giving Blackberry an existing platform to make this transition.
17.06.14. BlackBerry launching an encrypted version of BBM. BlackBerry is launching its instant messenger for enterprise users called BBM Protected, that enables FIPS 140-2 cryptographic messaging between users within the same enterprise, or between organizations who also use BBM Protected, for secure and confidential communications. External communications between organizations using different messaging servers could be a key feature for landing government and corporate contacts. For instance, defense agencies could communicate securely with their contractors, or big companies could encrypt their communications with their law firms.
25.02.14. Nokia unveils first Android-phone to lead users to Microsoft's cloud. As you know, last September Microsoft agreed to acquire Nokia. Of course, such a large acquisition is a long process and it's not officially complete yet. Formally, Nokia is still - an independent company and can produce phones on any platform it wants. Even on the Windows Phone's rival - Android. However, the new Android-phone Nokia X presented today has been blessed by Microsoft. Here is why. This is not the Android, which we use to see on Samsung, HTC or LG phones. This is a modification , built on the source code of Android Open Source Project. This modification doesn't contain Google applications (GMail, Talk, Calendar, Drive ...) but instead provides Microsoft's Outlook, OneDrive and Skype. There is no way to install apps from Google Play - only from Nokia Store or third-party Android- appstores (like GetJar or Yandex.Store ...). Nevertheless, almost all Android- app (including GMail) can be installed on this smartphone.
2013. Windows Phone can be used as a presentation remote control. Microsoft invented one more reason why business users should buy Windows Phone (but not Android or iPhone). If you often go to business meeting and show presentation on projector, you can now use Windows Phone (8) as a remote control. For this you need to install this free app Office Remote and add to it needed PowerPoint, Word, Excel documents (in fact, this app can only remotely control MS Office documents and not the whole computer). For example, you can open PowerPoint presentation, switch slides and even drive the laser pointer (that follows the movements of a finger on the phone screen). Also, you can remotely open and browse Word and Excel documents. Phone is connected to computer via Bluetooth.
2013. BlackBerry will (probably) sell itself and won't produce smartphones. It looks like BlackBerry will stop being the company as we know it - as the manufacturer of QUERTY-smartphones. Canadian financial group Fairfax is buying it for $4.7 billion. The preliminary deal is concluded. Why the financial company wants to buy BlackBerry? Apparently, in order to make money (BlackBerry - is not a football club, after all). And here is how they are going to earn. Unlike Nokia, which just sold phones, BlackBerry has a base of paying customers - 18,000 large companies that use the BlackBerry server and service for safe messaging and mobile device management. So, from now BlackBerry is officially becoming the enterprise mobile security provider.
2013. Blackberry invades iOS and Android. As you known, Blackberry - is not only smartphones, but also the Mobile Managament System - Blackberry Enterprise Server. The SaaS version of this system is now called Blackberry Enterprise Service. Previously Blackberry server allowed to work only with native smartphones, but now (in the era of BYOD) when every employee brings his favorite smartphone to office - it's not enough. The other day, Blackberry has released an app Secure Work Space for iOS and Android, which allows you connect to the Blackberry Enterprise Service and provides secure access to corporate e-mail, calendar, contacts, tasks and files. It also includes the secure browser (to access the intranet) and document editors. The app is securely separated from other stuff on your phone. It's password-protected, doesn't allow to copy anything to other apps and, of course, it's under the full control of Blackberry Enterprise Service admin.
2013. Blackberry CEO: in 5 years tablets will be obsolete. Last week Blackberry CEO Thorsten Heins hit the Internet with the statement that by 2018, tablets will be obsolete. The reaction was something like this: What? Who said that? The boos of the company that lost the mobile market? The man who tried to bring Blackberry Playbook to the market and failed? Isn't he aware of how much money Apple and Samsung are earning on tablets? Doesn't he know that the tablets are eating the laptop market? So, most bloggers considered this statement to be just a PR pitch. Like, Thorsten, with his new colleague, Alicia Keys, have nothing left to do but to draw attention to Blackberry in various freaky ways. But let's consider the new idea of Thorsten Heins ...
2013. Alicia Keys is the new BlackBerry’s Global Creative Director. Yesterday, Blackberry unveiled its new Blackberry operating system (BlackBerry 10) and two new phones (one with keyboard, and the other - without). Both smartphones and the OS - are normal, but not revolutionary. The price is unknown yet, but hardly it will be low. And Blackberry still has a great lack of apps if compared to iOS and Android (the song didn't help). In general, this is clearly not enough for the comeback and war against the competition. But they appointed Alicia Keys (US singer) as their creative director. This could work! At the moment the place of "special" smartphone is free on the market. Previously Apple occupied it, but now when everybody has iPhone, you can hardly impress your business partners and customers with this device. By the way, Alicia Keys - is not the first star / creative director of technology company. Lady Gaga is the creative director at Polaroid, and Wil.i.am (from Black Eyed Peas) - creative director at Intel.
2012. Video: Blackberry VPs' Swan song. Frankly speaking, we were going never more divert your attention to Blackberry and just let this company quietly go out of business. And the recent news about yet another delay of Blackberry 10 release, and about yet another outage of Blackberry network, and about yet another layoff of thousands employees - only strengthened the analysts' predictions that the company will die soon. Of course, it's hard to survive in a market where Google activates 1.3 million Android devices per day, Apple sells 5 million iPhones in 2 days, and Microsoft has a pair of aces in the pocket and the unlimited margin of safety. But Blackberry execs are not going to give up. And you know what they done? They recorded a song in order to inspire developers and keep them from switching to competing platforms. The song is performed by the three RIM VPs: Alec Saunders, Christopher Smith and Martyn Mallick. By the way, according to the latest information, Blackberry 10 will be released in early 2013.
2012. Windows Phone 8 - back to the Pocket PC. Long ago Microsoft was living in harmony: it had OS Windows for desktop computers (PCs) and Windows Mobile for pocket computers (Pocket PCs). Both operating systems had a similar interface (with desktop, Start button, icons, ...) and worked on a single code. But then iPhone, Android and tablets appeared and Microsoft was forced to disrupt this harmony and invent something totally new - WinPhone, Metro-interface, etc. And now, after the long searches, Microsoft is again coming to harmony. PCs and tablets (which Microsoft calls Tablet PCs) will run the same OS - Windows 8. The only missing part was the unified operating system for smartphones that can turn them to Pocket PCs. And this is the very mission of the new Windows Phone 8, that was demonstrated this week.
2012. Samsung Galaxy and iPhone call Windows Phone - the best smartphone. Looks like Windows Phone is gaining popularity step by step. Last month, all Internet was laughing at the fact that for the question "What is the best smartphone ever?" Siri (the voice assistant in iPhone) responded Nokia Lumia 900. But today the same question has been asked to the voice assistant S-Voice (that lives in the best Android-smartphone Samsung Galaxy S3). And it responded that the best smartphone ever is another Windows Phone - HTC Trophy. Both voice assistants base their responses on information from the certain online sources. Siri was basing on the data from Wolfram Alfa portal, and the S-Voice looked directly at the Best Buy’s user rating, which now lists the HTC Trophy as the top smartphone (while the Lumia is now #4 on the list). Thus, even in the US (where Apple is the king) Windows Phones are selling quite well.
2012. Blackberry's survival plan: Enterprise, HTML5 and messaging. As you know, Blackberry is in trouble. Sales are going down, users are switching to Android and iOS. Three months ago RIM hired the new executive to save the company - Thorsten Heins and yesterday at BlackBerry World 2012 conference he presented his plan of survival, which proposes to focus on those things, that Blackberry is doing well and on the target audience, that appreciates these things. Who is the target audience for Blackberry? Two weeks ago Thorsten Heines said quite specifically - business users. But yesterday he remembered of political correctness (because business users - are people too) and formulated a little differently - "people, striving to succeed". Unlike Android and iOS, focused on (time-consuing) games, Blackberry will be focused on those activities, that helps to achieve success.
2012. Xerox becomes Cloud provider and Blackberry rival. Implementation of cloud technologies in the enterprise content management leads to the situation where documents are created in the cloud, viewed and edited in the cloud, sent via cloud, stored and die in the cloud. And fewer and fewer documents are printed. The biggest loser in this story is Xerox - the company which name is associated with paper documents. So how is Xerox going to survive in such situation? Interestingly, that the first new business that the company invented was killing the old business. Xerox began to provide consulting services aimed at reducing the cost of printing in the companies - Managed Document Services (they also result in reducing the number of printers, copiers and supplies). And since the beginning of 2012, Xerox decided to become a cloud provider.
2012. Skype finally comes to Windows Phone. Nine months (!) after Microsoft announced the acquisition of Skype, this messenger finally comes to Windows Phone (in beta version so far). Interestingly, already after the deal with Microsoft, Skype appeared on the competing platform Android and before that it worked on the iPhone. The things got so bad that in November 2011 Microsoft began to preinstall the alternative video chat app Tango on Windows Phones. But now this circus is over - Skype for Windows Phone is already available for free download from the marketplace. However, it doesn't work in the background, so for now you have to launch it every time to make a call or send a message (or launch it to receive a call). Also the beta version doesn't allow to add/edit contacts. And if the absence of Skype was the only thing that stopped you from buying Windows Phone, do not forget about the main thing - check that the Windows Phone has a front camera when you buy it.
2012. Blackberry PlayBook 2.0 - back to business, social Email, Android apps. Last year Blackberry found itself on the brink of survival. Due to the strong competitors (Android, iOS, Windows Phone) and several own mistakes. One of the own mistakes was the launch of the (raw) PlayBook tablet. And one year later, the company has released an update of the operating system for this tablet - Blackberry PlayBook 2.0, that gives it a second life. The update is free and all existing users can install it. For us the two most interesting things in this update are: first is that Blackberry is re-positioning itself again as a business-oriented provider. This is clear from the video above and the number of business features that appeared in the new version. Second, is the fact that Blackberry is not going under the Microsoft's umbrella. Last year, many people predicted that in order to survive, Blackberry should go to Microsoft's camp and it was confirmed by several partner agreements between these two companies. However Blackberry has made the move in the opposite direction - towards Google and added Android apps support.
2012. 5 Enterprise 2.0 forecasts for 2012. Let's try to predict some interesting events that can take place in the Enterprise 2.0 sphere in the coming year. We will not try to guess the percents of the market growth (we'll leave this job to Gartner), but just remember that the main market players are planning for this year. Here are the top 5 anticipated events for 2012:
2011. Microsoft created SkyDrive app for iPhone and Windows Phone. After the recent Microsoft's announcement that it's working on Office for iPad (by the way, today OneNote has become available for iPad), today's launch of the SkyDrive app for iPhone is not very surprising. From now the SkyDrive users can access their files on the iPhone, open them, share to others, create new folders and synchronize files to the online account. The same application has appeared for Windows Phone 7.5 (watch the video below). And judging by some vacancies that Microsoft posts on the job-sites, the company is already working on the SkyDrive version for Android. Recall, SkyDrive offers free 25GB of cloud storage, which is much larger than its main competitors: Box.net, DropBox and Google Docs.
2011. Adobe kills mobile Flash. Google kills GMail for Blackberry. The confusing situation with mobile platforms is getting more and more clear day by day. The weaker devices, platforms, intermediate platforms are heading to the deadpool. Today, Adobe announced that it stops the development of Flash for mobile devices. As you know, the mobile Flash was actually killed by Steve Jobs, when he banned it on iOS. After that, Microsoft also didn't support Flash on Windows Phone. And although it later appeared on some Android-devices and Blackberry Playbook, it wasn't clever for Adobe to continue developing this not-so-crossplatform technology. Instead of Flash the company will focus on HTML5-app building tools. As we have suggested, HTML5 can become the "new flash" for Adobe.
2011. Nokia and Skype not in a hurry to bring videochat to Windows Phone. Today in London, Nokia unveiled its first smartphones on Windows Phone (Mango) platform - Lumia 710 and Lumia 800. In general, they haven't disappointed anyone. Stylish, high quality, fast and reliable smartphones with pre-installed Mobile Office and Outlook, integrated to Exchange, SkyDrive, SharePoint, Office 365 - will surely attract business users. Of course, the price $580 (Lumia 800) - is not much different from the iPhone, but otherwise it has all chances to compete with iPhone and Android-devices. The only big cons - is that Nokia Lumia has no front camera, which means it doesn't support video chat, so important for business users. Why wasn't it installed? Nokia representative said that they simply had not enough time. But this is not the most shocking news about the video chat on Windows Phone.