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From Bryan Higgins <>
Subject Re: Sending BB7 to the farm
Date Wed, 08 May 2013 14:56:05 GMT
It is fair to say that our team is focused solely on BB10. The WebWorks SDK
for BBOS itself has no future planned releases.

One point I should clear up is the new blackberry10 platform code we're
introducing does not cover PlayBook as well. The PlayBook runs TabletOS,
which while built on qnx does not as of yet have binary compatibility with
BB10. Our CEO has said BB10 for PlayBook is in development, but there have
been no official announcements regarding a release.

On Wed, May 8, 2013 at 10:27 AM, Lorin Beer <>wrote:

> Don's question regarding a BB7 roadmap yesterday made me realize that we
> don't have one. Concentrating on BB10/Playbook has caused us ignore BB7.
> A little while ago, BB7 was discussed in terms of sending her off to the
> farm/attic/(silicon afterlife). The decision was reached that we should
> keep up support.
> I believe BlackBerry's stance is that they are not interested in
> maintaining the BB7 Cordova implementation. Ken, Bryan, jump in here and
> correct me if I'm wrong.
> There is a lot of work involved in getting BB7 to the 3.0.0 cli stage, and
> if the plan is to drop support for the platform entirely within the next 6
> months, I don't see that this work is justified.
> Deprecation policy is 3 releases now, which means 3.1.0 is the soonest we
> can drop it.
> Given that :
> - Brett on PhoneGap build has described the BB7 usage statistic as "noise"
> - no new jira tickets are submitted for BB7 unless it's by our team
> I propose that we :
> 1. keep BB7 pre-cli maintenance mode regardless of how many releases it
> sticks around for
> 2. announce BB7 deprecation and drop BB7 before the 3.0.0 release
> The reasoning for 2 is to not pollute the 3.0 release with legacy code
> which is not CLI compliant. I realize that this contravenes our deprecation
> policy, but I think the level of interest in BB7 may let us get away with
> it.
> - Lorin

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