We first heard about BIS 2.8 launch last week, and now RIM has released official details about it’s launch. BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) version 2.8 will launch early to mid September, and will feature Google contacts synchronization, and will also no longer require Hotmail/Windows Live users to re-validate their passwords every 90 days. So keep checking in with us and we will let you know when it launches!
- Google Contact Synchronization: If subscribers integrate a Google Mailâ„¢ account with their BlackBerryÂ® Internet Service account, they can synchronize contacts between the account and the contacts application on their BlackBerry device. Subscribers can add, change, and delete Google Mail contacts from their device or from their Google Mail account and the BlackBerry Internet Service synchronizes the changes.
- Enhancements to email setup and settings: Automatic Login now supports most billing identifiers, which allows new subscribers with wireless service providers that use PIN, IMEI, or ESN as a billing identifier to create BlackBerry Internet Service accounts from the BlackBerry smartphone, without having to create a login user name and password
- Note: This feature will be available approximately one week after the BlackBerry Internet Service upgrade.
- Windows Liveâ„¢ HotmailÂ® revalidation: With BlackBerry Internet Service 2.8, new Windows Live Hotmail mail integrations will be defaulted to a protocol that is designed so as not to require 90 day reauthorization.
- Note: Existing BlackBerry smartphone users accessing Windows Live Hotmail using MicrosoftÂ® MSP will still be required to revalidate their Windows Live Hotmail account every 90 days.