updated 04:15 pm EDT, Thu September 18, 2008
RIM adds Mac to BlackBerry
Mac-based BlackBerry fans may no longer need to rely on third party utilities to synchronize their Macs with their RIM-build handsets, since the company is preparing to announce a new port of its BlackBerry Desktop Manager software. An anonymous source from within the company has informed CIO of the company's plans, who, up until now, has been suggesting Mac users run the PC software through virtualization options such as VMWare Fusion or Parallels.
While a specific release date and extensive details were left unsaid, it was indicated that BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac would ship some time during the first half of 2009. It was also hinted that plans for the software had been in the works since 2004, if not before.
It is also uncertain whether RIM itself would develop the software, or hire out a third party company to provide a product, sort of an official take on Missing Sync by Mark/Space.
"In terms of a strategy, we want to do well by our customers. Whether that translates into something that RIM develops or licenses or pays for a third party to build, I can't say at this point," the source said. "We're trying the best that we can to get a better experience out for Mac users."