Today, RIM announced the Blackberry Playbook, their competitor to Apple's iPad. This not so well kept secret has been anticipated for months now, with most people focusing on RIMs ability to knock Apple out of the top spot in tablet computing. I think it can, and I'm an Apple fan and iPad owner.
The Blackberry Playbook has one major advantage going for it over the iPad: BES integration. Blackberry Enterprise Server is what keeps Blackberries as the email device of choice at most major corporations. The Playbook will integrate seamlessly into this environment, making it easier for IT departments to deploy as they already have e backbone in place.
Another major advantage: Blackberry tethering. You won't need a separate data connection for your Playbook, as it will link up with your Blackberry and share it's data connection. I'm sure certain carriers will be against this idea as they want to make as much as possible from extra data fees, but I don't think they'll have much choice in the matter.
And finally, software. The preview video looks amazing. Haven't seen it yet? Take a look below and see for yourself. This newly created OS is going to be very versatile.
Blackberry Playbook promo video