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Details on the upcoming updates for BIS 2.5 BlackBerry IM clients

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Third party BlackBerry Instant Messaging clients are a key component of the BlackBerry experience. Rumor has it that around mid/late September (new device time!), BlackBerry IM clients such as Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger, Google Talk and ICQ will see some really decent updates.

Your third party BlackBerry IM clients will be updated with the following features:

  • Add dedicated icons to the Home Screen for one-click access to conversation boxes of specific contacts. The icon appears as the contact’s display picture or avatar
  • Add contacts and display pictures or avatars to the address book to easily send instant messages, email messages, SMS text messages, or place a call right from the address book or conversation box
  • Search through saved conversations
  • Add dedicated emoticon icons in the conversation box

What updates would you like to see?
Click through to read about the updated BlackBerry IM clients

BIS 2.5 upgrade coming June 28th, with HTML e-mail?

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A diagram of BIS operation

Rumor has it that a BIS upgrade to version 2.5 will open up rich text e-mail viewing for a number of newer devices. Servers will supposedly be down for BIS users on June 28, from midnight to 8:00 AM while the upgrade is underway. The feature is long overdue, with talks of HTML mail viewing stretching all the way back to WES ’07 and earlier. Aside from e-mail, the calendar improvements like free/busy calendar lookup and over the air device software upgrades are also on the line for the BIS upgrade. Keep your eye out this weekend for some changes…

(via BGR)