RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie was a veritable fount of information at the Web 2.0 Summit event. While on stage he was asked what he would say to Steve Jobs if he were there. His response “You finally showed up.” I am loving how RIM’s CEOs are finally starting to break out of their business shell beyond simply trying to buy hockey teams.
According to Mashable, Balsillie compared the BlackBerry approach to the Apple “There is an App for that” approach. According to Balsillie “You don’t need an app for the web.” He is essentially saying that the 300,000 Apple iOS apps are nothing compared to the billions of websites that RIM plans on bringing to the PlayBook. He boasted that PlayBook will be 3-4 times faster than the iPad.
Those are fighting words and I am glad that Balsillie thinks he finally has a product that can back up his claims. Now if only they could work on the documentation for the BlackBerry WebKit browser. There is no reason it has to be hidden in horrible PDF’s and 1990s style websites.