Good news for Windows users – BlackBerry Link for Windows has received a small update that brings one-way sync as well as some other tweaks and fixes. The new version allows Windows users to sync contact and calendar data from Outlook on a PC to a BlackBerry 10 device, but sadly not from the device to the PC. It’s a step in the right direction but certainly leaves Outlook users wanting more. Thankfully two-way sync is expected down the road.
Some various fixes and UI tweaks included in this build as well. Head to the link below to grab the latest version.
The Search giant has not acknowledged it yet – and did not comment on the matter when contacted by WSJ – but the fact that the publication has ran a story of the unreleased product is itself a very important indication that the touchscreen Chromebook is coming.
However, the WSJ article is not that revealing when it comes to actual details for the device. We still have no idea who’s making it for Google, when it will be announced and launched, how much it will cost and what features it will have to offer, you know, in addition to a touchscreen display and cloud-based Chrome OS running under the hood.
Luckily, BlackBerry has now commented on the matter and desktop synch via USB will be making its way to the BlackBerry Link via an update that will include the ability to import contact and calendar information directly from Outlook to your BlackBerry 10 smartphone and another update shortly after that will bring full two-way sync.
With BlackBerry 10 the syncing of PIM data between your BlackBerry Z10 and computer can be easily configured to happen over the air. You need to add your existing webmail accounts on the BlackBerry Z10 and set the email, contacts, calendar for syncing. We have posted information on how to do this for example with Outlook.com on the Help Blog.
For those of you for whom over the air synchronization is not an option, we want to assure you that direct sync via USB is also being worked on and we are committed on adding this capability as part of our BlackBerry Link software suite. Our first major update for BlackBerry Link coming in the next few weeks will include the ability to import contact and calendar information directly from Outlook to your BlackBerry 10 smartphone. Full two-way sync will be added in the next update shortly thereafter. We will provide more information about timing of these features on our various forums and blogs, but you can also look for updates at http://BlackBerry.com/BlackBerryLink
That of course, doesn’t explain why it was removed in the first place but I suppose it will put those who are looking for the function and not having any luck minds at rest. Personally, I’ve never used the desktop synching option and always found it to be one of the reasons BlackBerry Desktop Software was slow as cold molasses running up a hill backwards in Winnipeg but clearly, a lot of folks enjoyed using it and for some it’s a must-have offering.