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BlackBerry splits personal and corporate data

Research in Motion (RIM) will introduce partitioning software on its BlackBerry smartphone devices to allow users to separate personal and corporate data.

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Research in Motion (RIM) will introduce partitioning software on its BlackBerry smartphone devices to allow users...

to separate personal and corporate data.

According to Reuters, the software, called BlackBerry Balance, is part of RIM's strategy to maintain its enterprise market stronghold.

Speaking to Reuters, Jeff McDowell, RIM's senior vice-president for business and platform marketing, said, "There are two fundamental use cases on the smartphone - enterprise and personal. The problem is that they are conflicting."

The BlackBerry Balance software will allow IT departments to maintain control over business e-mail via the BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES). The web browser and personal social networking applications and photographs will be separate.

BlackBerry Balance is currently being tested and is expected to be available by the end of March this year.

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