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).”
Sounds silly, but it fits the evidence. No other explanation makes sense for why RIM, of all companies, would ship a device that doesn’t support email.
Update 1: Some feedback from readers saying that BES doesn’t actually have a one device per user limitation.
Update 2: More readers, via email, say that BES does have a one-device limitation. What allows BlackBerry users to access their email account from multiple devices are things like IMAP and Outlook’s proprietary protocol. But BES itself is single-device. Which raises the question of why the PlayBook doesn’t at least have an IMAP client.
★ Tuesday, 21 June 2011