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Microsoft to buy BlackBerry for $7 billion?

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Microsoft to buy BlackBerry for $7 billion?
Last week, we told you that rumors have started up once again concerning a possible acquisition of BlackBerry. This time, prospective suitors include Microsoft, Xiaomi, Huawei, and Lenovo. Back in January, it was Samsung that was said to have the hots for the struggling manufacturer and a price of $7.5 billion was even bandied about. But BlackBerry denied that it had been approached, and an offer from Samsung never materialized.

Today, there is speculation that Microsoft is about to make a $7 billion offer for BlackBerry. That would amount to a 26% premium for the stock, or a price of $13.23. BlackBerry's shares closed Friday at $10.48.

Recent reports indicate that the BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic aren't selling well and the company has just instituted a round of job cuts. Any buyer would be interested in BlackBerry for its reputation in secure communications and for the company's enterprise sales.

Back in 2013, BlackBerry's largest shareholder, Fairfax Financial, agreed to take the company private in a $4.7 billion deal. But the deal fell through which lead to the removal of Thorsten Heins as CEO. Heins was replaced by John Chen.

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posted on 24 May 2015, 18:58 5

1. blazee (Posts: 412; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


Surprised google is not bidding

posted on 24 May 2015, 19:00 1

2. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


MS offered $55 billions to SalesForce, they are on the roll. Looking forward to see MS buying BB.

posted on 24 May 2015, 19:06 2

5. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


And salesforce isn't worth $55 by a long shot, and MS already has a better CRM to begin with.

Buying BB is a waste of money as well.

posted on 24 May 2015, 20:02

15. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


I agree with the SalesForce bit but not the other part.

BB can easily get upto $10 billion.

posted on 24 May 2015, 22:43

23. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


MS AND BB TOGETHER WILL BE BETTER TO FIGHT THE OTHER 2

posted on 25 May 2015, 01:25

29. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Imagine the enterprise offerings if this deal is successful. We already know what 'Continuum' is capable of. BB will add another layer of cream on top of it.

I look BB more into software side rather than a hardware company. BB already owns QNX and if that comes under MS, just imagine the possibilities. I am so excited if MS manage to close this deal :)

posted on 25 May 2015, 04:38 1

36. hound.master (Posts: 1044; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)


Microsoft is in no need of BB hardware and it's software is not worth 7 billion Microsoft most be a fool to buy BB.
Microsoft saved the Nokia already but blackberry is doomed.
And i don't wanna hear that Microsoft ruin the Nokia it was dying long before that.

posted on 25 May 2015, 05:01 3

42. meanestgenius (Posts: 12970; Member since: 28 May 2014)


If you really believe that Microsoft saved Nokia instead of just gutting them for their hardware division, then I've got a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn. I'll even give you a discount.

You really have no idea what you're talking about concerning how much BlackBerry is worth. If it were worth so little, do you really think suitors would be lined up in a bid to buy them?

posted on 25 May 2015, 06:08 1

43. elitewolverine (Posts: 5188; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


About as much of a bridge as google gutting Motorola...Nokia was failing before Elop, or else they wouldnt have even hired Elop to begin with.

posted on 25 May 2015, 07:05 3

47. meanestgenius (Posts: 12970; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Uh, I AGREE that Google gutted Motorola for its patents and sold off the rest of Motorola to Lenovo.

And one billion dollars is a good reason to hire anyone.

posted on 25 May 2015, 08:56

53. hound.master (Posts: 1044; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)


Yeah i do.
What blackberry worth except patents, WP OS is secure enough already it's a complete waste of money for MS.
You know that the bidders worth s**t when they don't even bid or bid a very low price and there's no proof for a bid even.
And what exactly Nokia was doing before MS deal what was their best phone? And if you think Nokia would do better without MS you should find out why they let go of their phone division at the first place.

posted on 25 May 2015, 09:26 3

63. meanestgenius (Posts: 12970; Member since: 28 May 2014)


No you don't. You already admitted to not really knowing anything about BlackBerry in comment #56. BlackBerry's patents, security technology and software, and QNX far outweigh the 7 billion dollar price and make BlackBerry a commodity worth having for any tech company. Its not a "complete waste" at all, as evident by the amount of companies that wish to purchase them.

WP isn't anywhere near as secure as BlackBerry. If it were, they would have BlackBerry's position in enterprise and regulated industries right now.

You truly haven't a clue as to what you're talking about concerning BlackBerry. It goes beyond handsets.

posted on 25 May 2015, 10:38

64. hound.master (Posts: 1044; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)


I do that believe that Microsoft saved Nokia and i say that the hardware of blackberry doesn't worth to anyone and i already see governments replacing BlackBerry handsets to WP one.
I don't no about BB software or other things but that's the only thing anyone buys no one really wants a broken phone company Nokia was just lucky.

posted on 25 May 2015, 11:59 3

71. WallStreetWolf (Posts: 289; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


They don't care about the handsets!!! How hard is that for you to grasp?

BlackBerry still has a huge contract base with data sensitive organizations such as military outfits, governing bodies, banking firms, etc. They carry over 4000 patents and have the most secure operating system in the smartphone market. They also have BES which owns the enterprise market. And then there is QNX (the basis of BB10) already running operations in 50 million vehicles and growing worldwide. It also creates the RTOS found in our energy industry such as nuclear power plants.

The Windows firm is not moving a bunch of phones to business all over the world, because of BYOD cross-platform solutions like BES12 and Good. The Microsoft acquisition of BlackBerry would give them all of those benefits to implement into Windows 10 phones and tablets. Every IT department would not only switch their enterprise management over to Microsoft, but they would order their phones and bundled services as well with confidence.

BlackBerry is waiting for their software and services to bring in enough profit, so they can turn their smartphone division into a specialty market for parties that value security where they sell 7-8m phones a year (Which will be very tough). If that doesn't come to fruition, Chen and his board will have to weigh the option of a sale. Everybody b*tched about the NSA, but they all continue to carry vulnerable devices.

To wrap this up, Microsoft would become the king of security software services and they would take over the huge infrastructure that QNX covers. They are already trusted as a financially stable company and have an excellent relationship with the world as a computer solution. Companies could get cheaper Microsoft devices with BlackBerry security and eliminate a lot of the need for BYOD since Windows Phone has enough of an ecosystem that will continue to build with the features of the Windows 10 platform and its app flexibility. If BlackBerry was acquired by Microsoft, their marketshare would dramatically increase over the next 5 years.

I wrote this novel, so you can get a clear understanding of why they are so valuable. They don't have suitors for their hardware market though their devices are more than capable. It is all about their patents, security services, and QNX.

posted on 25 May 2015, 12:56

74. hound.master (Posts: 1044; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)


yeah they can do that but all the phone hardware part is useless for them since they bought the NOKIA isnt it?
but for the other things then yeah they can get benefit off that.

what i say is we are not about to see a BLACKBERRY passport like phone anymore if the company been sold.

posted on 24 May 2015, 19:04 2

3. Galaxy_Apple (Posts: 91; Member since: 24 May 2015)


this will kill of BBM once and for all if it happens , Microsoft tis famous for killing products they acquire.

but have to give credit to the new CEO he is a lot better/smarter than Ballmer was, it's important to have vision at the top and set a goal of what the company should achieve in the coming years.

For the first time in years MS is doing many things right , Windows 10 , Directx 12 pushing boundaries ,acquiring good developers from iO.S like accompli email ,Sunrise calendar now wunderlist etc.
Office for iO.S n Android + 365 is the new source of huge income.

hololens is more for devs but it's exciting when was the last a Microsoft technology was exciting.

posted on 25 May 2015, 04:44 1

38. hound.master (Posts: 1044; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)


Hololens is mostly a gaming tool i mean just imagine a game most likely playing Minecraft with it.

posted on 25 May 2015, 06:10 2

44. elitewolverine (Posts: 5188; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Yet nearly everything they showed was not gaming this last round and even in their advertisements. It has more real world applications than just gaming. The fact they already have a medical app up and running before release from a major player in the med field is enough to solidify it as a production device.

posted on 25 May 2015, 09:03

59. hound.master (Posts: 1044; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)


Yeah of course but just the idea of making a change like this maybe that's even why they bought Minecraft

posted on 24 May 2015, 19:05 4

4. meanestgenius (Posts: 12970; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Not gonna happen. More market manipulation.

Were this to go through, it's bye-bye BlackBerry, ala Nokia handset division.

posted on 24 May 2015, 19:11 2

6. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


lenova doesn't need it they already have Motorola.

posted on 24 May 2015, 19:31 1

11. sgodsell (Posts: 3892; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Microsoft doesn't need to buy blackberry.

posted on 24 May 2015, 19:37

12. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


yeah they should put that money into R&D for there phones and tablets instead of using it to buy a dying company.

posted on 24 May 2015, 22:45

24. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


its about the patents the royalties and law suit protection

posted on 25 May 2015, 01:14

28. lyndon420 (Posts: 4559; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Ms will be doing this for the patents guaranteed.

posted on 25 May 2015, 07:06

48. meanestgenius (Posts: 12970; Member since: 28 May 2014)


*Lenovo

posted on 25 May 2015, 11:11

70. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


Yeah made a typo while using my phone.

posted on 25 May 2015, 13:01

75. meanestgenius (Posts: 12970; Member since: 28 May 2014)


iPhone?

posted on 25 May 2015, 13:06

77. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


no s6 but i do have a 5s

posted on 24 May 2015, 19:20

7. theguy2345 (Posts: 1216; Member since: 24 Jun 2014)


Looking forward to see what enhancements it makes to MS's own products. Probably security related.

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