RIM: No Native PlayBook Email Until February

Brad Chacos

Are you a BlackBerry PlayBook owner that’s frustrated by the lack of integrated email, contact and calendar apps? You aren’t the only one. Those are the number one complaints leveled against the device – or at least the complaints cited most often – but RIM said that it would push out an update in October that would add those clamored-for features. Well, it’s almost November already. Where’s that update? Turns out the timetable was a bit off. Today, RIM announced that the update won’t roll out until next February.

“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,” David J. Smith, the PlayBook’s VP, wrote on the BlackBerry Blog .

That’s nearly a year after the launch of the tablet. As if that wasn’t bad enough news, the update won’t even include all of its expected functionality; Smith says that RIM has “decided to defer the inclusion of the (BlackBerry Messenger) application to a subsequent BlackBerry PlayBook OS release.”

We understand that you shouldn’t push out products before they’re ready, but this has to taste like ashes to PlayBook owners who just suffered through the global BlackBerry service outage.

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