RIM Gives In, Admits That Business Users Want iPhones And Androids

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RIM is bending to the inevitable … the slow death of BlackBerry among its previous biggest fans, corporate customers.Today the company released new software that lets IT departments manage iPhones, Androids and BlackBerry devices. The software is called BlackBerry Mobile Fusion.

It was announced in November but became available today, a few days after RIM and co-CEO Jim Balsillie parted ways. RIM swore the company would do more to win back enterprise customers under its new leader Thorsten Heins.

It is available as a free download, with RIM charging $99 per user for client licenses.

While it’s nice that RIM is now offering to manage iPhones and droids, this may be too little, too late. Some analysts are already predicting that RIM will soon be out of business.

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