We received another email from one of our partners stating they were dropping Blackberry as a platform. As Blackberry reported a huge loss in June 2016, and the fact their software business surpassed their hardware business in revenue it begs the question – are they finally done? They have been able to hold on so long because of the reoccurring revenue from their subscriptions, but if there are no devices, there are no subscriptions (other than software), so can their software business keep them alive?
It goes to show you when you are the market leader you can’t sit back and leave everything to your sales and marketing people, you have to innovate, continue to innovate or die.
Here is the message form Webex:
We appreciate and support the diversity of mobile platforms in the enterprise, and our strategy has been to enable all mobile users with WebEx meetings. However, our strategy going forward is to focus our efforts on mobile platforms that represent most of the market.
Due to the decline of BlackBerry’s market share to less than 1 percent, we are announcing end-of-support and sales of the WebEx Meetings for BlackBerry app, effective January 4th, 2017. This includes BlackBerry 10 OS.
By January 4, 2017, we will:
- Remove our app from BlackBerry World and other distribution spaces
- Discontinue technical support and help page support
- Allow existing BlackBerry app users to access WebEx meetings until the end-of-use date
On April 4, 2017, we will:
- Completely disable BlackBerry access to WebEx meetings
We recommend you switch to Android or iOS platform to continue using WebEx from a mobile device.