Originally Posted by JWK
I really appreciate the information. But more questions... Don't want to sound like a moron, however...
- What is a BES?
- What is a OWA?
- Need some help understanding the "App loader on the DM."
When you talk about wireless syncing you are referring to a sync between BB and computer via bluetooth, correct?
I found the Mac forum but thought these questions might be generic enough for this forum.
Thanks for the info.
No, it is not syncing via bluetooth - it is wirelessly syncing through the BB unlimited data plan. Welcome to the future...or present, I guess...
Ok, a BES is a BlackBerry Enterprise Server, which is either operated by a company you work for, or it is a service you pay for through a Hosted BES company such as www.link2exchange.com
. It basically allows you to synchronize all your contacts, calendar, emails and tasks between your BB and a Microsoft Exchange account (which is provided with the BES acct.). So, if you have a BES enabled then whenever you make a change to your data (contacts, calendar, email or task) it will automatically sync that change with your Exchange accout, meaning that change will occur in your Microsoft Outlook program (if using a PC), and on your OWA (Outlook Web Access) account (included with your BES acct - it is a replica of Microsoft Outlook, only in an online version so you can access it anywhere from an internet enabled computer, Macs included).
Now for us Mac users (I'm addicted myself), we have a bit more difficulty since most of this is designed for PCs. I use link2exchange for my hosted BES, and they actually helped me get it syncing with my Apple Mail program! But, it cannot sync tasks and iCal, that's where GroupCal comes in. I an testing GroupCal from Snerdware and so far it is awesome. It syncs all Calendars on my iCal, and all the tasks, with the BES/Microsoft Exchange account. So with that enabled I have my email, iCal and tasks all synced between my BB and my Mac, and available online in the OWA whenever I need it (rare).
I am also testing the AddressX program from Snerdware as well, but I am not having luck. I think since it is limited to a certain number of contacts you can sync I am not getting the results I am looking for, but I am emailing them about it and will post back in here when I get it working.
Now as for the App Loader. That is a method of loading applications onto your BB via a Windows PC. Since you don't have one it does not apply to you. I do suggest, if possible, you get access to a PC for use with the BB. Hopefully you have an old PC laying around the house, or something. I actually bought the cheapest Dell laptop I could find ($399) just to use with my BB! The only reason is that it makes life easier to be able to use the DM (Desktop Manager) with the app loader on it, as well as other settings. Otherwise, you have to load all your BB programs onto your BB via OTA (Over The Air), and that is a pain, and sometimes not available. That means installing a progrm directly from your BB's browser and not using a computer. And some programs do not have OTA versions available for installation, and you will have to use a PC and the app loader on the DM to do so (following me with the abbreviations?).
So that's it in a nutshell. All of this is actually discussed in nseveral locations on the forum, but sometimes I get the urge to just spit it all out for a newcomer, so there you go. Ask away with other questions (after you search the forum yourself, of course...)!