Today, RIM released an update to their BlackBerry Desktop Manager software use for device management. The update, version 6.0, adds support for the BlackBerry Torch 9800 and comes with a completely new user interface. Earlier in the design process, RIM noted that it wanted to remove some of the ambiguity from dialog boxes and buttons and make common user actions more accessible. The new software is up on RIM’s site and ready to be downloaded. Enjoy!
Well Mac users, it’s been one hell of a journey but as of 1PM ET today, an era official ends. No longer will be you able to complain out of frustration that RIM hates you simply because you don’t tow the line and use Windows. Oh, no. Today, “MacBerry” users will finally have their day in the sun as BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac is released. We’ve already given you our thoughts on it (recap: it’s faster and more simple than Desktop Manager for Windows, but doesn’t really offer anything in the way of support for BES users or those who like to tinker) so all there is left for you to do is download it and enjoy.
How about some great news to get your Wednesday in full swing, Mac-sporting BlackBerry addicts? RIM has just made it official — BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac will be released at 1PM ET on Friday. We already gave you a thorough preview of the highly anticipated software back in August so you know exactly what you’ve been waiting for: Good, clean, phone-managing sweetness. We’re still not sure what caused the delay but hey… RIM products wouldn’t be RIM products without a delay here and there, right? So, Mac/BlackBerry users, it looks like you’re just two short days away from having one less reason to use VMWare Fusion. Excited?
BlackBerry-addicted Mac users almost had cause for celebration this morning as RIM announced the official availability of BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac — and then pulled the announcement. Last month we gave you an extensive preview of the software many have been waiting on for years. RIM’s official BlackBerry notes page on Facebook finally made an announcement a short while ago, stating that Desktop Manager for Mac was alive and ready to rock. Woo hoo! Before we could even finish an announcement post however, the note was removed. We’re not sure exactly what’s going on here, but it could be safe to expect the highly anticipated software to go live later today or perhaps sometime later this week. To whoever accidentally hit that publish button and then pulled the note from Facebook, you’re just cruel.
Feet feeling a bit cold this afternoon, BlackBerry fans? Don’t worry, that’s just hell freezing over thanks to an announcement from RIM earlier this afternoon. No, seriously. By way of its Inside BlackBerry blog, RIM has put the world on notice — BlackBerry Desktop Manager is coming to OS X in September. Wooo! A quick rundown of highlighted features:
- Sync your iTunes playlists, calendars, contacts, notes and tasks [if Apple doesn’t find a way to kill it, of course]
- Add/Remove applications
- Update your device when new software becomes available
- Backup and restore your device data with such features like automatically scheduled backups and optional encryption (security is #1 as always…)
- Manage multiple devices
We’re sure RIM will leave a bit of functionality out of its initial Mac builds but at least Mac users won’t have to bother with Fusion/Parallels/etc every time they fish a new leaked OS out of the swamp. Hit the read link to register for updates on DM for Mac.
[Via Inside BlackBerry]