RIM is ceasing development on BlackBerry Enterprise Servers for all current devices according to BGR. Apparently, the company has grown tired of trying to make QNX work on its older NOC system that currently runs on all its java-based devices out today. The site heard of this move through a trusted source, which added RIM’s plans to end development with version 5.0.4. Once that version hits, users rocking the old phones (BlackBerry 7 and below) will only get security patches for the foreseeable future.
Research in Motion is already preparing its new enterprise server code-named “NG” for next generation devices, while Mobile Fusion will also play a big part as well. Why is RIM doing this, you ask? Well, since BB10’s QNX powered system is much different from the current platform on handsets today, the Canadian phone maker would have to continue running both the old and new systems on two different servers simultaneously. This is a huge pain in the ass for any medium or large company.
To bring a little clarity to this shift in platforms, Research In Motion provided BGR with the following statement:
RIM does not normally comment on rumours and speculation. As we announced at BlackBerry World, BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0.4 will be available later this year and we will continue to maintain BlackBerry Enterprise Server well into the future. Research In Motion is a leader in enterprise mobile solutions and we are committed to continuing to innovate solutions that fulfill our customers’ requirements.
If you still own a BlackBerry, does this make you upset that RIM is killing major updates for all current devices?