Om Malik is crowing about how great Google Calendar on BlackBerry is. I don't use Google Calendar, so it's hard for me to really pass judgement on it, as I am not about to go and shift one of my core business productivity tools for a "test drive". It's a fact, thought, that more and more Google applications are showing up on BlackBerry as native BlackBerry applications. Calendar, mail, maps… it certainly gives me pause. Is it any coincidence, given that Google set up shop in Waterloo in January of 2006?
The RIM team is smart. Having built a business out of being the indispensible business person's tool for email, address book and calendar, they're now going after the consumer. Partnering with Google delivers a well accepted suite of consumer applications onto the BlackBerry.