Attention IT Administrators: BlackBerry Device Software v4.5 Coming Soon
The free upgrade to BlackBerry® Device Software v4.5 provides new features for your end users to increase their productivity and connectivity while helping to simplify IT management.
Key New Features
BlackBerry Device Software v4.5 is designed for use with the BlackBerry® 8700 Series, BlackBerry® Pearl™ 8100 Series, BlackBerry® Curve™ 8300 Series, and BlackBerry® 8800 Series and includes the following features:
Download, Save and Edit² – Now users can work on Microsoft® Word documents or Microsoft PowerPoint® slides from virtually anywhere, by simply downloading attachments and typing. With Dataviz™ WordToGo and SlideshowToGo, users will enjoy many familiar features like copy and paste, change font sizes and colors, adjust bullets and numbering and more.
HTML and Rich Text Email Rendering¹ – HTML and rich text email messages with original formatting, letting users clearly view tables, images, font formatting and one-click hyperlinks.
Free-Busy Calendar Lookup² – Users can look up colleague schedules and book meetings right from their BlackBerry® smartphones, without needing to be at their desk.
Remote Search for Messages² – Remote search allows users to find emails that are still stored on your Email Server using name, subject and other search options to narrow the field.
Advanced Enterprise Instant Messaging and Presence² – If your company runs IBM® Lotus® Sametime® or Microsoft® Live Communications Server you’ll enjoy a range of enhanced IM features like contact “click to call”, IM session “convert to call” and advanced emoticon support.
Over-the-Air Smartphone Software Upgrades³ – Enables wireless updates of BlackBerry Device Software. A fast, cost-effective method for remotely supporting users and managing BlackBerry smartphone software lifecycles.
IT Administrators: What to Expect
Your users may already have questions about BlackBerry Device Software v4.5 as it is included on some newly released BlackBerry smartphones (check with your carrier for release dates). It may also already be available as an electronic update from some carriers for certain BlackBerry smartphone models.
Later this month, BlackBerry Device Software v4.5 will be promoted and made generally available for download at BlackBerry.com. Users who are connected to either BlackBerry Enterprise Server or BlackBerry Professional Software will be encouraged to contact their IT department for guidance with respect to upgrading BlackBerry Device Software v4.5. Enterprise users will require either BlackBerry® Desktop Manager to upgrade or BlackBerry® Web Desktop Manager.
Want an easy way to deploy to all your users? Use BlackBerry Web Desktop Manager. BlackBerry Web Desktop Manager is a web-based version of the BlackBerry Desktop Manager. IT administrators can configure BlackBerry Web Desktop Manager to enable users to upgrade to BlackBerry Device Software v4.5 in the case that their organization would prefer not to deploy and install client-based BlackBerry Desktop Manager software on all or some of their BlackBerry smartphone users’ workstations.
Please check with your wireless carrier for their availability of BlackBerry Device Software v4.5 and visit the blackberry.com website for updates.
1) Requires BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.1.6, available now for Microsoft® Exchange® and IBM® Lotus® Domino®.
2) Requires BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.1.5 and BlackBerry Device Software v4.5 or above.
3) Requires BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.1.4 and BlackBerry Device Software v4.5 or above.