Troubled RIM Delays PlayBook OS Release

Just last month, RIM promised to reveal the second generation operating system for its PlayBook very soon, but the company now says the OS won’t be ready until next year. “As much as we’d love to have it in your hands today, we’ve made the difficult decision to wait to launch BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 until we are confident we have fully met the expectations of our developers, enterprise customers and end-users,” blogged RIM’s David Smith.

Currently, the PlayBook does not have native e-mail, calendar, and messaging, putting it at a competitive disadvantage with Apple’s iPad. The 2.0 release will add native e-mail and calendar capabilities, but Smith’s blog also revealed that native messaging won’t be available until sometime after the 2.0 release.

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