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Contacts App
By Bla1ze on 15 Aug 2012 04:34 pm EDT

As you may or may not already know, RIM acquired Gist back in February of 2011 to help with better contact management solutions on Blackberry devices. For a while, RIM never interfered with the already existing services Gist was offering but now that we're well into 2012, the time has come for Gist to sunset their other offerings. It's not bad news however, as noted on the Gist blog:

In February of 2011, we agreed to become part of Research In Motion® (RIM®) and bring the Gist vision to millions of BlackBerry® customers and help create the world’s largest connected social graph. A few months ago, we shared exciting news about the new BlackBerry® PlayBook™ OS 2.0 Contacts app that we’ve been working on since joining RIM.  More recently, our team has been tasked with creating the native address book/contact manager for the next generation platform, BlackBerry® 10. In addition to our core focus on the Contacts app, we have been given expanded responsibility for everything social at RIM including BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™), Facebook® and Twitter® apps and instant messaging as well as much of the identity platform (BlackBerry® ID), location services and user analytics features.  

In other words, Gist is going all in with RIM and BlackBerry 10. Rather than trying to maintain everything, the Gist team will be focused on BlackBerry 10 and future solutions for BlackBerry smartphones. As of now, Gist has stopped accepting new user registrations and services will shutdown on September 15, 2012. If you're a Gist user who is looking to transition services elsewhere, you'll find the details on how to export your info on the Gist blog.

Source: Gist



Maybe they can focus on getting their contact app to sync with Microsoft Outlook; a seemingly obvious feature present on every Blackberry device except the Playbook.


Perhaps you need to talk to your IT dept. My outlook exchange works fine.


mine works too....but I'm guessing they are talking about Outlook contacts ect. THAT stuff doesn't work as well


My outlook contacts sync fine. Using Exchange Active Sync at work.


Exchange works fine; however Playbook contacts and calendar do not direct sync to Microsoft Outlook.

We don't all use Exchange servers; standalone Outlook is still very popular and Playbook won't talk to it without uploading everything to a third party like Google.


Mine syncs just fine.


This is good news because the current BB7 app is not useful....


Great news...
I used GIST before they joined BlackBerry and thought it was pretty cool. With OS 2.0, it was a massive improvement.
Looking forward to super gist and BB10


It only gets better...


This is what RIM needs to be doing with ALL of the companies that they have acquired. RIM needs to create a vision of one unified company with a laser focused vision on THE mobile computing platform of the future. RIM needs to show the world that what it is building is the next big thing in mobile and the only way to do that is as one company not a bunch of little teams that do their own thing and work on BB 10 on the side. This is great news.