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

 
 
By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2012-01-11
 
 
 

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.

PlayBook OS 2.0

Integrated Email

The PlayBook's new integrated messaging app lets users combine their email accounts with the messaging platforms for social-networking Websites such as LinkedIn.

Integrated Email

Rich Text

When composing emails, PlayBook users can rely on a variety of rich-text options.

Rich Text

Integrated Calendar

The integrated calendar app will allow PlayBook users to view contacts, with information about the latter automatically consolidated from social-networking Websites.

Integrated Calendar

Contacts

According to RIM, the PlayBook's new contacts hub will consolidate everything from news stories to mutual contacts for each contact in one's list.

Contacts

Video Store

An integrated Video Store app will include new releases for rent or purchase.

Video Store

Improvements

Other improvements baked into PlayBook OS 2.0 include an updated Documents to Go, with enhanced virtual keyboard support, as well as folders for related apps.

Improvements

Games

RIM is emphasizing a more robust library of games and entertainment for the PlayBook.

Games

Android Tools

Developers can now use Android tools to submit apps to BlackBerry Marketplace, potentially opening a new market for third-party developers.

Android Tools

Multitasking

The PlayBook's more noteworthy features upon its release, including the ability to multitask, are preserved in this new release. The same gesture controls apply.

Multitasking

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