These are some of the features of the future BlackBerry Enterprise 5.0 OS that have been leaked today. We don't know when the new OS will be available, most likely in April 2009, but we're positive that RIM will release at least two more updates for the current 4.7 build before then.
5.0 OS features:
- Flag messages and set reminder times on your BlackBerry.
- View personal contact subfolders and edit contacts! Until now BES used to put all of your contacts into the Contacts application even if they were in different folders.
- You will be able to view and use contacts that are in public folders and copy them to your local contact list if you have permissions.
- You will have a file browser to access shared network locations to open, add, or save documents. You will be able to see document information from there such as file type, size, and date.
- Forward meeting invitations and calendar entries from your BlackBerry.
- Ability to add, delete, move, or rename personal folders.
- Ability to view personal distribution lists that you have in your Outlook contacts and send email to them.
- RIM is working on a solution to make emails that come from your BlackBerry look exactly like they would if they came from Outlook.
Nice! Keep in mind, though, that both the the server-side BES software and handheld software need to be installed in order to get these new features.