• RIM's VP Developer Relations, Alec Saunders, Reaffirms Commitment To BB10 Developers

    On the heels of the RIM's Q1-2013 Earnings Call, Alec Saunders, RIM's VP of Developer Relations, has come out with a reaffirmation and apology to the developer community for the further delay of the BlackBerry 10 OS launch. I'm for one am happy to see that Alec has come out strong and quickly to remind those of us whom are looking toward BlackBerry 10, of the commitment RIM has given to developers so far. Everything from the new BB10Jam events, to the Dev Alpha program. RIM has lived up to their quality of providing devs with the tools and support they need. Reading Alec's statement really makes the delay seem that much shorter knowing that he is behind the wheel on the way to BlackBerry 10. Continue reading to see his letter, and be sure let us know what you think in the comments!

    Over the last twelve months, I hope you’ve all seen the changes in how we interact with you, our BlackBerry developers.

    You’ve seen us commit to you in a way that many have remarked upon, starting last year with initiatives including BlackBerry DevCon Americas, the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha seeding programs, hackathons, BlackBerry 10 Jam in Orlando, and the BlackBerry 10 Jam World Tour that we’ve been running across 23 cities. Some of you have even said that this “new” Research In Motion (RIM) is the best platform company for developers to work with today.

    Earlier this year when Thorsten Heins took the reins as our new CEO, he was very open about the approach the company would be taking to this new platform launch. Yesterday, he delivered some tough news: a shift in timeline for the launch of the BlackBerry 10 platform until the first quarter of 2013.

    When we in the Developer Relations group were informed of the news, our first thoughts were with you – our development community – who are continuing to work with us to build great new applications for BlackBerry 10. You’ve got businesses to run, rent to pay, and investors to answer to. You are the folks who have skin in the game now, and aren’t just waiting for a new phone personally. We know this delay affects you, and we’re sorry.
    Despite yesterday’s announcement, I want you to know that we remain strongly committed to you. While RIM continues to work towards the launch of BlackBerry 10, our engagement levels and plans for our joint success have not changed.

    The BlackBerry 10 platform is designed to offer developers the tools they need to drive a successful business, including simplified rich development; the ability to create, deliver and share powerful visually stunning content, quickly; and multiple paths toward monetization. We are committed to this launch, and to continuing to work with you to make this launch a success. We will work to ensure that the launch is executed brilliantly, with a complete platform that delivers the best experience for our customers.
    Over the last few months, the level of excitement, dedication and pride from our developer partners and from our employees has been both gratifying and humbling for me.

    My pledge to you is that we will continue to work with you, to invest with you, to create opportunities with you, to be successful with you, and to be worthy of the trust and support you have given us.

    Alec Saunders, VP Developer Relations
    Research In Motion

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