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RIM Co-CEO Gets Interviewed By Laptop Magazine…. And It’s A Trip


Mike Lazaridis sat down with Laptop Magazine recently and had a lot to say. For example when asked to address Jim Balsillie’s quote that buggy software is the “new reality” of making smartphone software, this is what he said:

“That’s our first touch product, and you know nobody gets it perfect out the door. You know other companies were having problems with their first releases.”

Translation: If you want something that works out of the box, come back when version 2.0 ships.

Lazaridis also took shots at Apple and they way they plan to do push e-mail:

I think for years I’ve kind of been shouting in the wilderness. You can’t do push in a sloppy way. It has to be optimized for wireless, and that takes a great deal of investment and a great deal of evolution. You know that’s one of our core strengths, and you know there’s a lot of value in the BlackBerry push technology that we’ve got running. It works across any device, anywhere in the world, any technology and between devices. Now that’s quite an accomplishment. That was deliberately engineered and innovated over the last fifteen years.

As well as multi-tasking:

If you don’t do it right. If you don’t make the right trade-offs, you have what we call a catastrophic effect on battery life. Unlike voice, data usage is growing exponentially. There just never seems to be enough bandwidth for Internet-based applications. So all the optimizations and conservation techniques we have developed for the BlackBerry system over the years are now paying huge dividends to our subscribers and carrier partners. The fact is that the BlackBerry was designed to multitask from day one. I think our operating system has constantly been underestimated.

But here’s the killer. Read this statement about RIMs browser technology:

I look at it this way. I say that our browser technology was developed with very different requirements. By writing our browser in Java, that provides our CIOs and wireless managers the assurances they need, to allow the browser to access internal information at the same time it accesses external information.

What the hell does that mean? Can someone explain that to me? It makes no sense.

Please read the rest of the interview and see what you think. Leave a comment with your thoughts as well.

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