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RIM previews BlackBerry Desktop software for Mac

updated 06:25 pm EDT, Wed September 23, 2009

Software to be released in the near future

Research In Motion has disclosed additional details of its upcoming BlackBerry desktop software for Mac. The application will allow users to sync their smartphone to a single computer or multiple systems. Syncing to one system is said to be much quicker, although distributing the content to multiple computers is a safer method.

When syncing music, users can choose between sending the tracks to the integrated memory or directly to a microSD card. The latter option leaves onboard memory free for other content such as apps or documents.

Contacts and calendar information can be synced with iCal, Address Book, Mail, or any application that supports Apple Sync. Users can also sync to Entourage by enabling the option in the Entourage preferences.

A summary screen provides information such as the software version, last sync, last backup, and media card capacity. The device can be configured to automatically sync when connected, with a choice between several durations between each backup. Users can also enable a backup encryption option to protect sensitive data.

The BlackBerry desktop software for Mac is expected to be launched "right around the corner," although an official date has yet to be provided. Interested individuals can sign up at to receive e-mail updates when the software is ready.

by MacNN Staff



  1. thebiggfrogg

    Joined: Dec 1969



    dodecihedron! mega zoinks!

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RIM does it right...

    This is the method that Palm should have used instead of bitching and whining for not being able to freely suck from Apple's iTunes teats. Surely Palm can get some programmers to put together a decent program. Maybe Palm will see if it can use RIM's BlackBerry software with a few modifications. Then the Pre users will be good to go once Palm figures out how to spoof the BlackBerry application with some bogus Vendor ID.

  1. nowwhatareyoulookingat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    includes special

    Mac-only DRM. Cuz Mac users are pirates, and Windows users aren't.

  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Give em credit

    I give RIM credit for recognizing that while overall the Mac market is small compared to the Windows share, it's still a very significant number on which to profit. Likewise, to Palm for working with Mac OS X (although the iTunes scam is pure BS and makes them look cheap).

    It makes it all the more obvious how full of shiet Microsoft is in not offering Mac capability with their electronic devices like Zune, Marketplace and WinMo phones (not that I want any of that schlock!!). It shows what sanctimonious a-holes they are, all the while paranoid about any little thing that may threaten their only true success, Windows...even to the point of turning away profitable sales.

    There is NOTHING open about Microsoft, its offerings or its intentions!


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