One of the questions many potential BlackBerry PlayBook customers and current owners are asking is when native email and PIM will come to the device. At BlackBerry World RIM spread the word that it would be coming “this Summer” which is a nice and vague description of June, July, or August. The thing is OnTheWay reminded me about something Jim Balsillie said in a WSJ interview back on April 15th when he was asked about the lack of a native email client on the PlayBook. His response in case you forgot:
“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.”
Notice the “I believe” prefacing that statement. Still if you are counting up from April 15th we are 42 days into that 60 day total. That puts 60 days at June 14th which is nice and early summer. As OnTheWay pointed out it would be odd if Jim said “I believe it was 60 days scheduled” if he meant end of summer which would be close to double that.
I just thought I would mention that there is a chance we may be seeing this sooner rather than later. I am still pondering how exactly native email and PIM will work on the PlayBook together with your smartphone but I already covered that.
So what is your gut feeling? Which month do you think RIM will launch native PIM for the BlackBerry PlayBook? June? July? August?