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Research in Motion and Microsoft Update Phone Syncing Software for Mac OS X

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A pair of Apple's competitors in the smartphone market haven't forgotten that not all Mac users use the iPhone as their mobile phone, as both Research in Motion and Microsoft this week pushed out updates to their Mac OS X software that allows users of the companies' smartphones to sync to their Macs.




Research in Motion on Wednesday announced the release of BlackBerry Desktop Software 2.0 for Mac OS X, bringing support for several new features, the most substantial of which is Wi-Fi syncing. The feature allows users to wirelessly sync music between their BlackBerry and their Mac when connected to the same Wi-Fi network, a feature many iPhone users have been hoping to see added to iTunes.

The update also adds a "Device Switch Wizard" that helps BlackBerry users move data, applications, and settings from one handset to another, easing the transition for users purchasing a new BlackBerry device. Finally, BlackBerry Desktop Software now supports easier syncing of photos and videos from BlackBerry devices to iPhoto.

Research in Motion announced that it would be releasing Mac OS X syncing software for BlackBerry devices in July 2009, and launched it to users in October of that year.




As noted by Pocket-lint, Microsoft yesterday followed suit with its own update to its Windows Phone 7 Connector beta, fixing a number of issues and introducing new support for syncing purchased music from devices back to users's Macs, enhancements to new device setup, and increased options for manual management of content.

Windows Phone 7 Connector debuted in late October to support Microsoft's new smartphone operating system.

Article Link: Research in Motion and Microsoft Update Phone Syncing Software for Mac OS X
 

iStudentUK

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About time wireless sync came to iOS 4. As good as the iPhone is it is really archaic to have to plug in to sync everything. We shouldn't have to over pay for MobileMe to wireless sync in our own homes!
 
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Choice is good. Let's hope Microsoft can finish their software before releasing it. I have a little more faith in RIM doing so.
 
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///M5

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Why does the BB software require rebooting the darn thing? I tried installing without rebooting but it won't work. Can't say i didn't see this coming. I won't be rebooting until the next OS X update, guess my BB can wait till then.
 
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domness

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About time wireless sync came to iOS 4. As good as the iPhone is it is really archaic to have to plug in to sync everything. We shouldn't have to over pay for MobileMe to wireless sync in our own homes!

But wireless syncing for the iPhone hasn't come yet.. Maybe for BB/..
 
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ZipZilla

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Fail

The WiFi music sync in Blackberry Desktop Manager 2.0 for Mac OS X *only* works with Blackberry OS 6.

There is only one currently shipping OS 6 device: The Blackberry Torch on AT&T.

No wonder RIM's marketshare is plummeting like a rock. The non-advancement is breathtakingly stupid.
 
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x86isslow

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And for those still rocking Nokia phones:

nokia.com/support/download-software/mac-support
 
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WTF, blackberry gets wireless syncing and iPhones are stuck with USB?
I remember the good old Bluetooth sync days. What gives?
 
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WTF, blackberry gets wireless syncing and iPhones are stuck with USB?
I remember the good old Bluetooth sync days. What gives?

On world "STEVE." ;)
 
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Remember the days when Palm was the device/company of choice for Mac users? Now look where they are. I'm not saying abandoning Mac users lead to their downfall, but as an example of getting what you deserve for an institutionalized culture of not listening to your customers and becoming a sluggish, innovation-free vacuum, it's pretty tasty. In its place? A list of vendors which includes Microsoft. Who'da thunk?

And for those still rocking Nokia phones:

nokia.com/support/download-software/mac-support



It's funny cos it's true.
 
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DeepIn2U

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The WiFi music sync in Blackberry Desktop Manager 2.0 for Mac OS X *only* works with Blackberry OS 6.

There is only one currently shipping OS 6 device: The Blackberry Torch on AT&T.

No wonder RIM's marketshare is plummeting like a rock. The non-advancement is breathtakingly stupid.

The FAIL is YOU for not READING.

WIFI music sync is specific to BB6 and was not promised for BB5 or lower devices - upgrade or pucker up. MAN you guys complain WAAAAY too much. Also BB6 is on: 9800 Torch, 9780, Style, and officially released by 1 carrier for 9100 Pearl (yet you cannot update other carriers firmware when using BBDM for Mac - you CAN using Windows or VMWare with Windows).
 
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DeepIn2U

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RIGHT now the MAIN issue is between Microsoft Office 2011 NOT allowing Sync Services (the reason to reboot after installation) to, well, Sync with Calendar!! :O Only Contacts will sync with Outlook 2011.

I'm SERIOUSLY PISSED at this because I live and breath BB and Outlook for PIM management in my Windows life at work and trying to be completely Mac. Yet Microsoft has "promised" a future update will bring this … whenever THAT is.

NO Microsoft, you will NOT force me to purchase your WM7 Smartphone brands of your partners.
 
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Why does the BB software require rebooting the darn thing? I tried installing without rebooting but it won't work. Can't say i didn't see this coming. I won't be rebooting until the next OS X update, guess my BB can wait till then.

Uhm... You should reboot every couple days anyway... are you serious? If you are this is such fail.
 
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Jayomat

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Why does the BB software require rebooting the darn thing? I tried installing without rebooting but it won't work. Can't say i didn't see this coming. I won't be rebooting until the next OS X update, guess my BB can wait till then.

what's wrong with you?
 
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mKTank

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Choice is good. Let's hope Microsoft can finish their software before releasing it. I have a little more faith in RIM doing so.

Hope? You haven't tried the Zune software, I see. Makes iTunes look like crapware written by a high school student.
 
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Seems to sync well with my WP7 device. Doesn't calculate how much storage you will have left unless you actually complete the sync but its still a beta so thats cool. No crashes or lags using it yet

Syncs with iPhoto too and has kept all of my 'Events' in place so i can browse events on the phone too. Also resizes photos for the device :)
 
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