Top 10 BlackBerry Stories

By Lori Castle, Editor in Chief — June 24, 2014

Since the first earnings call involving Executive Chairman and CEO John Chen a little over six months ago, BlackBerry has reorganized; redefined strategy; launched OS updates, new product, services and devices; opened up its platform; created partnerships and Project Ion; made money (sort of); and has plans for something new every month for the rest of the year.

No matter if you believe in or bailed on BlackBerry long ago, this is notable in that it's more than what happened in the entire year after the long-awaited BB10 was unveiled. Here are the stories—in order of oldest to latest news—that show the change leading to progress for the company that was once closed to collaboration, near acquisition and often declared dead.

  1. BlackBerry Carries On
    The next big thing for BlackBerry is the Internet itself, the Internet of Things that is, and a move back to its enterprise heritage. The struggling smartphone manufacturer held its earnings call on December 20th for 3Q fiscal 2014, and recently appointed CEO John Chen spelled it out for investors.

  2. Blackberry 10 Update Released
    BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1 is a new software update for BlackBerry 10 smartphones. The update includes hundreds of new enhancements and refinements that will make the things faster and easier and help users stay better connected.

  3. BlackBerry's Birthday Wish is the Enterprise
    BlackBerry 10 turned one last week, and if Executive Chair and CEO John Chen blew out any candles on a Q10 shaped cake, he likely wished for the enterprise. What do other BB execs have to say about the company’s path back?

  4. Rooting for Blackberry
    An effort to move forward sees BlackBerry looking back to its enterprise roots and a new "classic" device. Here's what CEO John Chen and President, Global Enterprise Services, John Sims says about the new strategy.

  5. BlackBerry Freezes Over
    For those who never thought the day would come, BlackBerry has opened up its OS to outside MDM platforms.

  6. 18 New Features + BlackBerry Device On the Way
    BlackBerry has been busy this week, opening up and updating its OS and referring to new devices.

  7. BlackBerry Launches Project Ion
    "Billions of connections, generating trillions of transactions and exabytes of data daily, will require platforms that can operate securely on a global scale," according to Executive Chair and CEO John Chen.

  8. BlackBerry Exec Talks Magic Quadrant
    Gartner's EMM Magic Quadrant can’t keep up with BlackBerry according to John Sims.

  9. BlackBerry eBBM Suite is Out Early
    Messaging solution addresses enterprise security, but enables communication inside and outside of an organization.

  10. BlackBerry Users Will Finally Get Apps
    A partnership with Amazon, extends the Amazon Appstore to the soon to be released, BlackBerry 10.3 platform.

Where this all ends up to date is in the black for BlackBerry on the Q1 2015 earnings call. The company turned a slight profit, beat The Street and Chen looked ahead to more love for the enterprise.

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