Remove Sideload

Future BlackBerry PlayBook updates to eliminate the ability to side load applications, but is that really such a bad thing?


RIM plans to do away with side loading on the BlackBerry PlayBook, but that may not be such a bad thing. 

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Many of you may have already caught wind that yesterday on Twitter Alec Saunder, RIM's VP of Developer Relations, advised that future updates to the BlackBerry PlayBook would remove the ability to sideload applications. Immediately this caused an uproar; people jumped on the defensive and thought this was an awful idea.

Before we get our knickers in a bunch, and deem this to be "yet another failure by RIM", let's look at the whole picture and some of the reasons behind why they may be doing this.  Then, let's look at how it actually is better, in quite a few ways, for the developers. Sure, it's not the most ideal situation, but let's hit the break together and explore a few of the reasons that RIM may be making this decision.