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RIM Strikes Microsoft Partnership, to Debut PlayBook ‘Very Soon’

Research In Motion Ltd. is teaming up with Microsoft Corp. to handle the growing amount of data its customers are using on mobile devices and plans to release its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet computer “very soon.”

RIM is looking for ways to enhance the PlayBook’s appeal as it prepares to challenge Apple Inc. in the tablet market. Apple, which sold 7.33 million iPads last quarter, has said more than 65 percent of the Fortune 100 companies are testing or deploying the iPad, including Procter & Gamble Co., Lowe’s Cos. and Hyatt Hotels Corp.