Our buddy Josep at miblackberry just got back from the Connect with the Experts conference in Madrid recently, and has a fair bit to report. Connect with the Experts is a traveling one-day seminar for technical BlackBerry professionals, with Amsterdam set as its next destination on November 8th. CWTE has given us a look at some upcoming developments for BlackBerry… First up, all OS updates will be over the air – no Desktop Manager needed. While updating, which takes about two hours, you’ll be able to keep using your BlackBerry normally without any problems. We also hear OS 4.3 is due before the end of the year and will work on the BlackBerry 8700 and later – everything else is out of luck. BES admin software will also get a bit of a facelift, available for free beta download soon. BIS users can keep their eyes open for an upgrade to 2.5 also before the end of the year, including support for Microsoft Office formats.
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While the BlackBerry 8130 release date on Telus remains a point of contention, some insist that we’ll be seeing it in The Great White North before the week is out, and should be available nationwide by November 6th. Regardless of date, the new Pearl will be packing GPS, the OS 4.3, and the newly-launched Facebook application preloaded. On top of that, BBSync’s source also managed to snag the plans: $199.99 on a 3-year contract, $399.99 on a 2 year contract, and $449.99 on a 1 year or no contract. The 8130 will also be launching a limited edition Links of London set for $30 more, if you’re looking to be extra-swanky.
We’ve got some good news for the devs out there. We’ve received word that the BlackBerry Desktop Environment v.4.3 is now available for download, complete with Vista compatibility. With the JDE out, we can now keep our eyes good and peeled for a 4.3 Desktop Manager, or better yet an OS upgrade. Of course, we gotta give developers a bit of a head start to pump out the software we love so very, very much. You can check out some of the new features in the documentation.