Enterprise Applications: RIM's PlayBook OS 2.0: A First Look

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2012-01-11 Print this article Print
PlayBook OS 2.0

PlayBook OS 2.0

In February, RIM will release PlayBook OS 2.0 for downloading, finally issuing a revamp promised almost since the tablet launched in April 2011.
Research In Motion's PlayBook tablet generated a significant amount of buzz in the months and weeks before it arrived on the market in April 2011. When the 7-inch device finally appeared on store shelves, though, the response was somewhat mixed-with many complaining that the software's feature set felt incomplete. RIM seemed to agree with those criticisms, almost immediately promising a software update to add integrated email and other desired apps. In February, that update-PlayBook OS 2.0-will finally arrive on users' tablets. RIM offered a first glimpse of PlayBook OS 2.0 in action at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It indeed includes integrated email and calendar, along with some other features such as a baked-in Video Store with new releases for rent or purchase. (RIM also used CES to debut BlackBerry 7.1 OS, complete with features such as BlackBerry Tag, which lets users share information by tapping one NFC-enabled BlackBerry device against another.) PlayBook OS 2.0 also heavily leverages social networking Websites, integrating their information into contacts, and offers improved business functionality with a revamped Documents to Go and other apps. Despite a tough battle against the Apple iPad and a large number of Google Android tablets, RIM evidently seems willing to keep the PlayBook on the field of battle. click here
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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