Windows Mobile goes BlackBerry picking

Frankly you can't call yourself an executive these days without possessing a BlackBerry, but they're not always the most versatile of gadgets.So would

Frankly you can't call yourself an executive these days without possessing a BlackBerry, but they're not always the most versatile of gadgets.So wouldn't it be just peachy if you could take your Windows Mobile Device – the Orange SPV E650 (pictured) perhaps – and load it with RIM's Blackberry interface? Normally we'd scoff at the chance of such fruity system convergence but it seems RIM is ready to deliver.It's announced the BlackBerry Application Suite that can run a virtual Blackberry desktop on Window Mobile devices. Think of it as a portable equivalent of Apple's Boot Camp.According to RIM it works just like any other Windows Mobile application, appearing as an icon on the handset. When running, the nav screen appears just like it would on a BlackBerry, complete with push email, phone, calendar, address book, tasks, memos, browser and instant messaging. In fact, any application developed for the BlackBerry platform can run on it.Because it works like any other application, it can be minimised to run in the background to easily switch between Windows Mobile and Blackberry.It'll only run on the new Windows Mobile 6.0 OS and is currently only announced on America's AT&T network. We're expecting it here later this year, though don't be surprised if there's a similar network exclusive deal on these shores too.

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