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Jim Balsillie: Native Email For PlayBook Coming in 60 days

I think this CO-CEO tag-team setup is working quite nicely for RIM. Mike Lazaridis recently walked out of an interview after being asked about security concerns in India and the Middle East.

Jim Balsillie tagged in, and sat down with WSJ’s Julia Angwin to talk about the PlayBook AND coincidentally, to clear up concerns about the questions Lazardis was unwilling to answer.

When asked about the lack of native email client on the PlayBook,  Balsillie replied, “We will have, if you want, a standalone non-web, non-paired email client on it within the next, I believe it was 60 days scheduled.” He also said that the Android app player will be coming “sometime this summer.”

I’m not sure Angwin was the best choice for an interviewer here as she seemed to have no follow up questions after asking about Walt Mossberg’s opinions. On the other hand, she plays the uninformed consumer role quite nicely.

If you have 17 minutes to spare, check out the video below and let us know what you think!

Thanks for the tip LaoWang!

Source: WSJ

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  1. Walt Mossberg is the perfect Apple lover. To my thinking Apple is the AOL of 2011 and so having an old man like Walt Mossberg is just perfect!

  2. Plus, great Job Jim!

  3. It’s a good interview. I’m glad to hear that the native apps aren’t far off. I really liked his answer to the security question. I was surprised that Julia almost answered the question herself stating that BB is too secure for those countries to eavesdrop on.

  4. Man he was very good, I love the tag team of CEOs if one does bad the other picks up the fight.

  5. i like the way u want it we will have it .. . will they make everything that we ask ? thanks for that Jim…

  6. This was a great interview… my playbook is on pre-order!

  7. Seems very PS3 to me. Shouldn’t launch until the product is ready. The Storm devices were the same way. I hope this works out better.

    • Two big differences. That had hardware issuesm and also we get OTA easy OS updates. No real need to wait

      • Not saying I will (or have) waited :). Being a BlackBerry user for 7 years, I’ve seen their “we’ll have an update soon” speech before. So I’m hoping for the best and hope they don’t shoot themselves in the foot.

        Just odd, a company bred in email wouldn’t launch with it. That’s all I’m saying.

        • Read the globe and mail article and you’ll understand. The playbook without email and with a bridge was the original vision for this thing.

          It was concieved to work with a blackberry before tablets really hit the market. The difficulty of putting email on it has to do with changing stuff at the BES server.

          For a lot of people the bridge is the superior solution but the media doesn’t see it that way so maybe they should have waited I’m glad they didn’t

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