RIM has delayed an update on its Blackberry Playbook operating system until next year.
The Playbook has been criticised for its lack of e-mail client. RIM had said earlier this year it would include an e-mail client on the Blackberry Playbook by November in its next operating system.
RIM now says it expects to deliver the Blackberry Playbook OS 2.0 upgrade to customers in February 2012.
"As much as we'd love to have it in your hands today, we've made the difficult decision to wait to launch Blackberry Playbook OS 2.0 until we are confident we have fully met the expectations of our developers, enterprise customers and end-users. And here's what we're doing to accomplish that," said David Smith, senior vice-president of Blackberry Playbook.
The company will start a series of closed betas of Blackberry Playbook OS 2.0 with select enterprise customers from its early adopter programme. "These betas will be rolled out over the course of this year and are an important next step to bringing our unmatched enterprise app deployment, device manageability, security and e-mail integration capabilities to the tablet category," added Smith.
The delay is likely to cause added frustration to Blackberry users, with millions of worldwide users affected by an outage that lasted three days.