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RIM Launches Developer Kit For Blackberry Playbook

Research in Motion (RIM) has released the beta version of the software development kit (SDK) for its upcoming PlayBook tablet to developers.

The WebWorks application development platform allows developers to create apps that make full use of web technologies, such as HTML 5 and JavaScript, for its upcoming tablet PC.

The company also said that WebWorks will let developers port their existing BlackBerry OS to the tablet device, claiming the software will be able to bridge the gap between its smartphone and tablet operating systems.

Tyler Lessard, VP of global alliances and developer relations at RIM, said during the Asia-Pacific launch of the SDK: “We have been investing heavily in web technologies to transform these into an application development platform.”

RIM has also extended its free give away of Playbook devices to app developers until March 2011. The Playbook is due to launch later this summer costing around $500, along with a 4G version of the tablet.