RIM touts BlackBerry PlayBook OS: Better late than never?

Summary:At CES, RIM will preview its PlayBook 2.0 OS. Will anyone notice?

Research in Motion plans to use the Consumer Electronics Show to highlight its BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 operating system. The OS, due in February, comes as the company's future and strategy are increasingly called into question.

RIM indicated that it will hit its PlayBook OS 2.0 release timeline. At its booth at CES, RIM will highlight:

  • A new inbox;
  • Multi-tasking in email.
  • Rich-text email.
  • A calendar that aggregates social sites and contacts.
  • BlackBerry Bridge will allow for smartphone documents and content to be viewed on the PlayBook.

The big question here is whether this OS is too little too late. If RIM is going to become anything in the tablet market---business or consumer---it'll need the new PlayBook OS and native messaging.

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Topics: Enterprise Software, BlackBerry, Mobility, Security


Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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