BusinessInsider tells us the real reason there was no email on the Blackberry Playbook:
Turns out it had to skip native email support on the PlayBook because its architecture can’t support two devices with one person’s account, according to a source.
Here’s how our source explains it: “The Blackberry email system is the BES — which is the source/focus of all the famous BB security. The BES email server has the concept of one user = one device (or they call it PIN).”
Sorry, that’s hilarious. It reminds me of the Y2K scare where much the software running the nation’s essential systems used two digits for the year instead of four when they were created in the 60’s and 70’s.
The difference is the date stamp ‘shortcut’ of the Y2K scare was the result of technological and budgetary limits of the time (remember, computers used paper punch cards and saving two digits for memory was a big deal), while RIM’s lack of support for multiple devices for an email account is both extremely lazy and shortsighted.
The more I read about RIM, the more dire their future looks.