BlackBerry Groups: New Collaborative App Coming Soon?

By Kevin Michaluk on 27 Apr 2009 10:43 am EDT
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BlackBerry Groups

Here's some fun leaked news for the Monday leading up to WES 2009... We all know the best apps for BlackBerry tend to be the ones RIM has a hand in building. That said, it's time to start getting a little excited for a new app that should be coming to BlackBerry in the months ahead called BlackBerry Groups! We were originally hearing it could launch as early as next month, but it's more likely it'll be summer before you'll be able to download it on your BlackBerry.

BlackBerry Groups is an on-device collaborative tool that borrows some of that BlackBerry Unite! goodness and brings it right to the handheld in a more relevant and easy to use context - think calendar sharing, contact sharing, location sharing and more.

This should be a really useful application for a lot of BlackBerry users out there - I'm definitely looking forward to putting it to work. Maybe (hopefully!) we'll get a chance to learn more about BlackBerry Groups next week at WES 2009?!  

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BlackBerry Groups: New Collaborative App Coming Soon?

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This would so make a difference for our end users who need a synchronized group calendar, but still want their own stuff

As a small company we work with many other companies at the same time... I would love to keep our BES info on each device and only share what is needed with Groups. If that is what is happening with this app I am so happy to see it coming and it will be very popular.

I'm sure they are. I hate to sound like a broken record but you do know that your post is not on topic.

This app sounds like good stuff. I need more details before making any concrete judgment.

Let's just hope that it does not cause all of the drama unite did. I would love for this to use google gears. I liked a lot of unite had to offer. However, It killed my pc's system resources and created all that IT policy drama. I use google sync and smrtguard. I want the collaboration that google offers and the security and backup that smrtguard provides. If you can do that, then you've got me. I don't want to use a different browser. If I want shared calendars, I'll stick with google.

When I had an 8830, I took the plunge and used BB Unite! with the intention of sharing my contacts and personal calendar with my wife. Despite all of the complaints about Unite!, it at least allowed me to share personal calendar items with my other Unite! users with out sending them my work calendar items as well. I have not yet found another app that allows me to do that. They either share everything or nothing. :P

Unfortunately, my wife's first BB ended up being the Storm, which has never been supported by BB Unite!. In the end, it was probably for the best due to the other problems that Unit! caused with its IT policy.

I'm excited to see what BB Groups can do and I'm really hoping that it will allow me to share my home calendar items while keeping my work calendar items separate.

-SR-

PS: When is RIM going to get a version of Intellisync that will recognize multiple BB calendars and when are they going to start allowing the creation of multiple on-device calendars without the need for extra email accounts? It seems like such an obvious evolution of BB's calendar system.

Despite all of the complaints about Unite!, it at least allowed me to share personal calendar items with my other Unite! users with out sending them my work calendar items as well. I have not yet found another app that allows me to do that. They either share everything or nothing. :P
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