Research In Motion (RIM) has just confirmed that their PlayBook device will eventually receive native email, calendar and contacts applications via a future software update, although we would have preferred to see that happening when it rolls out fresh from the factory. It is still quite surprising to know that the PlayBook is going to be released without such essential applications, especially considering where BlackBerry’s strengths lie – that is, helping keep things well organized and on schedule. According to RIM’s statement, “In a future software update for the BlackBerry PlayBook, we will also provide native e-mail, calendar, and contact apps for those customers who prefer to have these apps directly on the tablet.” Would that make you hold off a PlayBook purchase, or you don’t mind going ahead anyways?

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