We have been hearing from quite a few readers that they miss the ability to sync their contacts and calendar with their BlackBerry Z10 and Outlook over USB. Personally I am more of a fan of wireless sync but I do understand the cases where people wish to do a USB sync. That is why I was very excited when Luis pointed out this confirmation from BlackBerry that USB Outlook sync is indeed coming to BlackBerry 10 through BlackBerry Link. Here is what Ty from BlackBerry had to say:
Some of you on this thread are asking how to sync PIM data between your BlackBerry Z10 and computer in general. Others just want to do this directly between the phone and computer. We want to address both here.
With BlackBerry 10 the syncing of PIM data between your BlackBerry Z10 and computer can be easily configured to happen over the air. You need to add your existing webmail accounts on the BlackBerry Z10 and set the email, contacts, calendar for syncing. We have posted information on how to do this for example with Outlook.com on the Help Blog.
For those of you for whom over the air synchronization is not an option, we want to assure you that direct sync via USB is also being worked on and we are committed on adding this capability as part of our BlackBerry Link software suite. Our first major update for BlackBerry Link coming in the next few weeks will include the ability to import contact and calendar information directly from Outlook to your BlackBerry 10 smartphone. Full two-way sync will be added in the next update shortly thereafter. We will provide more information about timing of these features on our various forums and blogs, but you can also look for updates at http://BlackBerry.com/BlackBerryLink
In other words you can hold tight for the feature update and kudos to Ty at BlackBerry for clarifying. I heard rumors that this was coming but I did not want to give false hope until I was sure. Viva la USB contact and calendar sync! Hopefully this will be ready before the launch in the US.