Now this is a rumor out of left field but I just felt it was interesting enough to mention to start a conversation. As far as I know the BlackBerry PlayBook is the only current tablet on the market that comes with a free office compatible program (Documents to Go). This latest rumor told to N4BB by one of their sources has RIM bringing the Microsoft Office Suite to the BlackBerry PlayBook. The rumor was not sure if it will be the Microsoft Office 365 online apps or simply real apps and everything else seems to be up in the air too.
The question is how this would benefit RIM. Considering how tightly RIM integrates with Microsoft Exchange it might make sense as a quick email solution upgrade for the BlackBerry PlayBook and future BlackBerry devices but then it would not be an exclusively “BlackBerry” email experience. Especially since Microsoft has clearly stated that they think the tablet experience is the full Windows experience unlike their Windows Phone product. Also worth considering is if Microsoft would create apps in their rival Adobe Flash, WebWorks, or the native SDK. On the other hand RIM announced a pretty tight partnership with Microsoft at BlackBerry World with RIM preloading their software and integrating Bing directly into the device.
What do you think?
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