This week, Research In Motion announced that it will roll out a series of updates to its BlackBerry platform (both to the BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry device software), with some big ups on the e-mail and productivity fronts.BlackBerry OS 4.5, as it's being called, is scheduled for release during the first half of the year and includes some noteworthy features such as HTML and Rich Text e-mail support so you can see messages in original formatting and remote message search for finding e-mails, even if they've been deleted on your BlackBerry smartphone.
In addition, the Dataviz Documents to Go suite will be integrated into future devices for viewing and editing Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents, and users will also be able to look up the availability of their colleagues with a calendar lookup function. IT managers will also get some love with new software and Web-based components that help with monitoring and troubleshooting, enhanced security, and the ability to send over-the-air software upgrades.
Unfortunately, we don't have any more specifics on specific release dates or which devices/carriers will receive the update, but we'll certainly keep you posted as we get more information.
(More resources: RIM press release)