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Native E-Mail, Contacts and Calendar Demoed for PlayBook

by Brandon Russell | November 22, 2011November 22, 2011 4:30 pm PDT

BlackBerry PlayBook EmailRIM has long said native email, contacts and calendar functionality was on the way for its BlackBerry PlayBook. Unfortunately, as was the familiar story with the Waterloo-based company throughout the year, more bad news than good has been hitting the airwaves.

However, BlackBerry diehards finally have something to cheer for, as the company looks to be delivering the goods. At today’s BlackBerry Innovation Forum, RIM took the wraps off its suite of upcoming apps by giving a full demo for attendees. From what we gather from the photos snagged by BlackBerry Cool, they look to be up to the standard RIM is famous for, now on the PlayBook.

Everything looks as one would expect – email is set up in similar fashion to just about every email client out there (messages on the left, previews on the right), while the calendar shows a full month and daily agenda view. A neat feature said to be included with the calendar is when someone is busy on a particular day, the larger the date gets in the full month view. On the contacts front, BlackBerry Cool says the experience is being powered by Gist which BlackBerry owners may already know a thing or two about.

When can you get your hands on the PlayBook’s new goodies? That’s the bad news. Nothing has been announced as of yet, but rumors are flying that a February 2012 date is RIM’s target release. Wouldn’t you think they’d get this out before the holiday season is up to get more units out the door? I guess not. Come on, RIM.

[BlackBerryCool, via CrackBerry]

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...