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The BlackBerry PlayBook gets email at last

Good news for BlackBerry PlayBook fans: you'll finally get a proper operating system on the 17th of February. We're probably being a bit harsh, but the February release of the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 finally brings some very basic features to RIM's beleaguered tablet: email and calendars that you can use without connecting to a smartphone. Users aren't getting everything they want, however: RIM says that "we have decided to defer the inclusion of the BBM™ application to a subsequent BlackBerry PlayBook OS release."

So what's in the update? RIM again: "The software update will add advanced integrated email, calendar and contact apps, a new video store, as well as new functionality that will allow your BlackBerry smartphone and BlackBerry PlayBook to work together even better." There's also access to Google's Android Market for apps, as well as a host of improvements that deliver a more silky user experience.

It's hardly ground-breaking, but the PlayBook OS 2.0 update does bring the BlackBerry tablet up to speed with similarly specified Android devices. It may be the operating system RIM should have shipped in the first place, but PlayBook owners will no doubt think that it's better late than never.

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