Research in Motion (RIM) says it has begun beta testing BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 and pre-production BlackBerry 10 smartphones.
The company seeded the platform to 120 "select customers" in financial, government, insurance, healthcare, manufacturing, media, and distribution. 64 Fortune 500 companies participate in the "by invitation only" program, RIM said.
According to the company, the technical preview program "will give organizations early access to RIM's new enterprise mobility management solution, BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, along with a limited number of pre-production BlackBerry 10 smartphones for testing within their environment." The program appears to focus especially on the new smartphone features, as RIM highlighted BlackBerry Balance, the BlackBerry Hub, the enterprise app store and connectivity to behind-the-firewall-applications.
BlackBerry 10 is set for a January 30, 2013 launch date.
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