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Dubdub 09-01-2009 07:27 PM

BlackBerry BIS 2.8 feature list comes to light
BlackBerry BIS 2.8 feature list comes to light

BoyGenius Report BlackBerry BIS 2.8 feature list comes to light : Boy Genius Report

BlackBerry users, rejoice xxx8212; it appears as though BIS will soon be upgraded to version 2.8 and a couple of long-awaited changes are coming along with it. BerryReview got its hands on an alleged change log for BIS 2.8, an update it says will begin rolling out on or around September 10th, and a few gems are found within:

* Two-way wireless synchronization with Google Mail Contacts* and the Address Book on the BlackBerry smart phone:

o Synchronize Google Mail contacts quickly and easily to the BlackBerry smart phone

o Add or edit Contacts and the Contacts are automatically updated, whether they are updated on the computer or BlackBerry smart phone

o Note: Two-way wireless Contact synchronization with Google Mail Contacts requires BlackBerry® Device Software 5.0 and configuration through email settings on the BlackBerry smart phone. Additional requirements and constraints may be found within the BlackBerry Internet Service 2.8 Documentation Kit. This feature is not supported on BlackBerry smart phones with BlackBerry® Connectxxx8482; software.

* Enhancements to email setup and settings:

o Automatic Login now supports most billing identifiers, which allows new subscribers with wireless service providers that use PIN, IMEI, or ESN as a billing identifier to create BlackBerry Internet Service accounts from the BlackBerry smart phone, without having to create a login user name and password

o Note: This feature will be available approximately one week after the BlackBerry Internet Service upgrade.

* Windows Live Hotmail revalidation:

o With BlackBerry Internet Service 2.8, new Windows Live Hotmail mail integrations will be defaulted to a protocol that is designed so as not to require 90 day reauthorization.

o Note: Existing BlackBerry smart phone users accessing Windows Live Hotmail using Microsoft MSP will still be required to revalidate their Windows Live Hotmail account every 90 days.

Two-way Gmail contact sync will apparently not be push, but a scheduled sync every four hours. Fair enough xxx8212; the integrated solution is still preferable over third party solutions. Either way, wexxx8217;re much more interested in seeing two-way read status sync added across all IMAP accounts but thatxxx8217;s an entirely different post. Last item of note: OS 5.0 will be required for some of the functionality listed above, which could be a pretty solid indication of an imminent roll out.

juwaack68 09-01-2009 09:07 PM

Good stuff, thanks for posting.

fkjr2 09-02-2009 01:32 PM

Don't we have this option now with Google Sync?
Doesn't seem new to me although Google sync sucks big time.

MidnightDraven 09-02-2009 02:12 PM

yes, but google sync you have to download.
BIS will integrate the contacts (or so thats how it reads)
so you wont have to download an extra application

mgerbasio 09-02-2009 04:25 PM

Currently Google Sync does contacts and calendar but the BIS upgrade doesn't list calendar, so you'd still need Google Sync.

SteveO86 09-02-2009 07:08 PM

The Contact sync requires OS 5.0 so some of us might not see that for a little while.

Contacts is a start, I wonder if they will expand it to the PIM apps Tasks, Memos and Calendar each of them already have their own Google counterpart.

whsbuss 09-02-2009 07:53 PM

Not interested until they include 2-way sync with the gmail inbox.

noelstrom 09-02-2009 09:39 PM

Great - so my 8330 won't be able to take advantage of the new features. Not likely to see 5.0 on that any time soon.

Steveo86, which app syncs tasks, memos and notes? I've been looking for something that will sync my tasks with my Google Apps mail...

mgerbasio 09-03-2009 07:15 AM

I'm looking forward to a complete BIS 2-way sync with google (mail/calendar/tasks) too.

whsbuss 09-03-2009 05:08 PM


Originally Posted by mgerbasio (Post 1464516)
I'm looking forward to a complete BIS 2-way sync with google (mail/calendar/tasks) too.

Amen to that!

akosnitzky 09-11-2009 06:45 AM

Wirelessly posted (Its All About the U!)

The sense is we should still see the upgrade this month. Again, you have to run 5.0 OS.

C_86 09-11-2009 12:32 PM

minor advancements, but better then nothing

fish1856 10-06-2009 01:39 PM

Now I'm curious, will this also apply to the Calendar as well? And if it doesn't how come we can sync straight to google?

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