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BES12 makes it even easier to activate a Windows Phone on a BlackBerry Enterprise Server network

It's now easier than ever to activate a Windows Phone onto a business network powered by BlackBerry Enterprise Server thanks to the new BES12 app that's arrived for Windows Phone. The BlackBerry-developed app, available for free from the Windows Phone Store, helps to automate the integration of Windows Phone devices onto the cross-platform business network.

BES12 manages a few key aspects of the BES experience for Windows Phone users, including:

  • Automated configuration of work-related policies and Wi-Fi® settings
  • Easy installation and management of your organization's approved mobile apps
  • Dual business and personal use of mobile devices for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies

BlackBerry's been pivoting more and more towards enterprise business and catering to cross-platform support, and the release of BES12 for BlackBerry is yet another sign of that process. We're sure at least a few of you are working at businesses that use the BES12 service — sound off in the comments if that's you.


Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.

  • "on an blackberry enterprise server" should be "on a".
  • You, sir, are correct.
  • Hoping to get BES!
  • I'll just restate a sentiment I said in 2005... BlackBerry needs to die.
  • I for one would welcome a duality in the enterprise featuring BlackBerry and Windows(phone) as the front runners.
  • I am an avid Windows Phone user, but I say "let Blackberry live". I get irritated when iOS users say "Windows Phone should die since it has a low market share" - what difference does it make if I wish for BlackBerry to die?
  • It's not that new its been out a month ago
  • Excellent. I like my L820 almost as much as my Blackberry Bold. Continued smart moves by Blackberry.
  • Agreed bb is the only other smart phone I would use..
  • Thank you BlackBerry. I hope Microsoft returns the respect.
  • Im sure they will after all they'll put out to every tom dick & harry in the industry
  • Was thinking of grabbing the new BB Classic to replace my Curve as a second phone but $450 for a phone with a 1.5Ghz snapdragon S4 plus? That's a pass.
  • They should make a BIS app that lets our phones use BlackBerry Internet Service
  • Damn those tiles are huge, can't believe I had them before (wp7,8)
  • Yeah hahaha I thought the same thing. I'm very used to 3 columns now
  • I'll admit right away that I'm using a BlackBerry Passport and stumbled on this article through a BBM Channel. It's great to see BlackBerry's BES12 including all operating systems. It's the only way to make everyone happy at the same time. I believe BlackBerry Blend will include Windows phones soon also? If you don't know what that is, it's BlackBerry's new Windows/Mac/Tablet software. Once you hook your device up through UBS or Wifi, you can Text, Email, BBM, Control device File Folders, Manage Calendar events on your monitor instead of having to pick up your phone at work. If your working on something, notifications come up on the bottom right hand corner of the screen. Once unhooked, everything vanishes as if you never connected your device. It also lays out your day right in front of you while counting down the time to your next meeting or event. I know many in my office who use Windows phones would love this after witnessing me on it this past month. Anyways, nice site you have here. I can't believe I've never come over from Crackberry to check it out before.
  • Seems awesome! Will try it out if it comes to WP. Welcome to WCentral btw.
  • Thank you.
  • Thank you for the details. Yes, very interesting use case at the office, would give the impression we work more than we actually do, but would be really great if it could integrate 3rd party communication apps/notifications also. The WP API might not be there yet, I'm afraid, maybe vNext will have it built-in. Would be great to use e.g. WhatsApp from the desktop.
  • Definitely some great ideas there. And yes, you can text away while giving the impression you're working. :)
  • Whats the point of this? I can do all this without Blackberry Blend. I mean my calendar, email etc. is also available on my PC without having the phone connected.
  • Well, there are many points. Yes, of course you can perform emails and calendar events on your PC. Lol, I've been aware of this since day one. What you can't do is text and BBM along with emails and calendars on the fly. All brought together in one simple package. Never going in and out of programs. Here are the basics of this concept. Have a look
  • Lumia Camera???
  • We are dumping Bes this week. So happy to get rid of the server!
  • Replacing with what? Just out of curiosity
  • Torrex pro? I have been experiencing a lot of issues nowadays in that app, I loved that app.
  • What does "Dual business and personal use of mobile devices for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies" exactly means? Is this like "Secure Work Space" for iOS and Android?
  • It means that your work side is separated from the business side of your phone. Basically you sign into your work side with user and password they have for you in the enterprise, and what you do personally with your phone will always be on entirely sandboxed area. The 2 will not mingle.