Alistair sent me this … interesting
Source: http://arstechnica.com/journals/microsoft.ars/2007/05/08/rim-to-offer-visual-studio-plug-in and http://www.rim.com/news/press/2007/pr-07_05_2007-01.shtml
Wireless Enterprise Symposium – Orlando, FL – Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced plans to introduce a new development tool that will enable developers to work within the familiar .NET programming environment to rapidly create rich client wireless applications for BlackBerry smartphones. The BlackBerry® Plug-in for Microsoft® Visual Studio® provides system integrators and in-house corporate developers with the ability to create BlackBerry applications that seamlessly integrate with back-end systems through .NET Web Services.
The BlackBerry Plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio will leverage the BlackBerry® Mobile Data System (BlackBerry® MDS) to simplify wireless application development, deployment and management for the enterprise.
“Corporations of all sizes are increasingly recognizing the tremendous opportunities to boost productivity and competitive advantage through wireless data applications,” said Stephen Drake, Program Director for Mobile Enterprise at IDC. “Offering standard development tools that enable the creation of secure and manageable applications while abstracting the complexities of wireless systems will help accelerate the broader adoption of mobile enterprise applications.”
BlackBerry MDS is a robust and widely deployed platform that enables wireless access to enterprise systems, and applications developed with the BlackBerry Plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio will benefit from its advanced security, manageability, network efficiency and push capabilities. The BlackBerry Plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio extends the Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 rapid development environment to enable the creation of rich BlackBerry MDS Runtime applications for BlackBerry smartphones.