Opinions and Confessions of a Tech addict…

Blackberry O.S 5.0 is Coming to a Phone near you…

Now that I have gotten most of my family and friends on to Blackberries (Brian,  I see ya stormin) its time to talk about the next step for the Blackberry OS…    The Os is the interface that makes your device work.  its the software that lets you email, BBM , look at pics, take video,  browse the web etc..   Most BB devices are on version 4.x based on the fact that the Server that makes a BB a Blackberry is also on that level..  But with Rim about to launch Bes (blackberry enterprise Server) 5.0 that means an upgrade to devices as well..  Lets talk about what BES 5.0 will bring…

he BES (pronounced “bez”) is the hub of an enterprise BlackBerry deployment. All communications funnel through the BES, it works with the back-end mail servers Exchange or Lotus Notes, and it provides some tools for administering and managing BlackBerry devices, users, and the BES itself.

The upcoming release of BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0, codenamed Argon, is a critical piece in RIM’s effort to make its software and smartphones a foundation for next-generation mobile applications. For that to happen, enterprise BlackBerry administrators need to move visibility into the BES. They also need tools to simplify and automate deploying and managing scores of mobile applications, including line-of-business programs. Finally, they need improvements in BES to make it more reliable and scalable if it’s to be the linchpin for mission-critical mobile business and communications.

in otherwords…  its that new crack for IT heads..  it brings alot of enhancements to the server side such as a simple web type interface  and the ability to push out applications (corp tweeter ?,sales mapping software) but since I dont wanna bore you..  lets talk about what the phone side enhancements look like?!

As alot of people are currently on the verizon storm and hence on OS 4.7,  I will talk about the features that will be added from that baseline…

  • Flag messages and set reminder times on your BlackBerry.
  • View personal contact subfolders and edit contacts! Until now BES used to put all of your contacts into the Contacts application even if they were in different folders.
  • You will be able to view and use contacts that are in public folders and copy them to your local contact list if you have permissions.
  • You will have a file browser to access shared network locations to open, add, or save documents. You will be able to see document information from there such as file type, size, and date.
  • Forward meeting invitations and calendar entries from your BlackBerry.
  • Ability to add, delete, move, or rename personal folders.
  • Ability to view personal distribution lists that you have in your Outlook contacts and send email to them.
  • RIM is working on a solution to make emails that come from your BlackBerry look exactly like they would if they came from Outlook.

A pretty solid list of improvements all around, and no doubt welcomed by the enterprise crowd. Just keep in mind that both the the server-side BES software and handheld software will both need to be installed in order to enjoy these new features.

There is also supposed to be a system for better memory management as with alot of the newer devices the amount of app memory is much to low..  with RIM pushing the App World having a phone like the storm with 1gb of memory on board but only 40mb or it can be used for apps?!  The cheapest iphone has 8gb that you can use for whatever,  Rim much address this through software as it is simply a matter of partioning.

Looks like there are a few people out there running 5.0 on there devices and it does report as being slightly faster… main thing that is blowing peoples mind is the startup screen..   BB’s used to have the “White screen of death”  now they have the Blackberry logo and a status bar on startup… Woot!

I will update as more info comes in..

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