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BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0: Four things IT needs to know

Al Sacco | Feb. 23, 2012
BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion's (RIM) first entry into the fiercely competitive tablet market, the PlayBook, wasn't exactly well-received by the masses when it was released last April.

4) New and Improved Productivity Features

In addition to the previously mentioned PlayBook enhancements for the enterprise, PlayBook 2.0 also packs a handful of cool new productivity features, including a new Print to Go option, enhanced Documents to Go document editing capabilities, improved video chat, support for addition applications via a new "Android Player" and UI customization options.

Print to Go is one of the more significant new app additions, and lets you quickly and easily "beam" documents and other files from your work PC to your PlayBook for quick file transfers--and environment friendliness due to a reduction in paper printouts. You simply ensure that your PlayBook and PC are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, install the associated software on your PC--sorry Mac users, Print to Go is Windows only at this point--choose the "Print" option from your Windows File options, then make sure the PlayBook Print to Go printer is selected and click "Print." The documents or files are then sent directly to your PlayBook, where they're instantly much more portable.

PlayBook 2.0 also support the much anticipated "Android Player," which lets PlayBook users run select Android apps on their tablets. However, Android app makers must submit their apps to RIM for approval and distribution via BlackBerry App World. Honestly, I haven't seen too many valuable Android applications for download at this point. 

Finally, one relatively minor feature enhancement that greatly improves the PlayBook's UI is the ability to create and name new folders, and then group apps by category in the folders of your choice. The modification lets you reduce the overall number of "panes," and applications on each individual pane, so you can quickly navigate your PlayBook in a more intuitive way.



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