Microsoft and Xiaomi thinking about buying Blackberry

Microsoft and Xiaomi thinking about buying Blackberry
BlackBerry has certainly not been doing well in recent years, though CEO John Chen has managed to somewhat halt the company's downfall throughout last year, and even draw some attention back towards the company, no small thanks to the unorthodox Passport handset.

Well, industry insiders claim that the company's profits for the previous quarter exceeded investor estimates, which, apparently, immediately translated into a few major players considering buying BlackBerry. Reportedly, Microsoft, Xiaomi, Huawei, and Lenovo are all among the aforementioned potential investors, with Microsoft even having requested investment companies to evaluate a potential acquisition deal.

Of course, none of this means that any of the companies is actually ready to go through with any type of acquisition just yet, and we're not sure that BlackBerry is ready to give in just yet. In fact, with such huge potential investors beating around the bush, CEO John Chen may actually reinforce the idea that he is on the right track.



source: DigiTimes via NeoWin

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53 Comments

53. JoniCen

Posts: 18; Member since: May 24, 2015

Xiaomi is lean and smart, they don't/won't buy a company like BB that were like a sinking boat.

52. EngleBertZombie

Posts: 36; Member since: May 22, 2015

Won't happen john chen is not ready to sell bb, he has not made it "his" ideal company. And if Blackberry was sold it would be lenovo because they already tried to buy them and it works because lenovo and formerly Rim worked together multiple times in the past

51. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I'd be mostly happy with Microsoft buying BB knowing that Microsoft will keep the cross platform services alive. However, won't be happy to now have the NSA eavesdropping on BBM conversations.

47. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Rooting for $MSFT to buy blackberry. They would benefit with the security bb offers

41. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3202; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Did anybody bother to read the article? BlackBerry has EXCEEDED investors' estimates. That means buying them is now a safe bet. Unless Fairfax Holdings says they're for sale, it's all wishful thinking.

49. gaming64 unregistered

Yep that is us because f**k reading.. Yes. We're arseholes *DING*

50. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3202; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Being illiterate doesn't make you an a$$hole, it just makes you stupid.

37. Smarter

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

If MS buy BB it will be the same as with Nokia. Buying Nokia helped neither MS nor Nokia nor Meego/Symbian nor WP. Buying BB would be the end of BB OS 10, BB´s security and it would mean dismissal for BB´s employees. With Xiaomi they would be one of strongest companies in mobile business in the world. So, what do you choose Canada?

40. meanestgenius

Posts: 23120; Member since: May 28, 2014

No Chinese suitors would be able to purchase BlackBerry due to security reasons.

42. Smarter

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

Thus, it would perhaps be the best for BB and for BB users to stay on its own.

36. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

well this the best thing for blackberry cause if some one buys them at least they wont be completely dead.

22. CAMBODIANPATRIOT

Posts: 226; Member since: May 10, 2015

They should sell themself to Apple instead of surrendering to Android gangsters.

23. gaming64 unregistered

And reduce them to a hull? No thanks. Never would I want to see Apple buy a phone company.

44. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Their could be some mutual benefit. Apple gets some extreme security and blackberry gets some long needed relevance.

24. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Who are you to tell them sell off themselves to whom? It's up to them, not pathetic troll like you. Beggars can't be choosers.

25. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

You should surrender to Gulag hahah

33. meanestgenius

Posts: 23120; Member since: May 28, 2014

Bwahahahahahahahahahahaha!! He sure should!

32. meanestgenius

Posts: 23120; Member since: May 28, 2014

Apple would SURELY only buy BlackBerry for the patents and security tech and scrap everything else. NO THANKS.

35. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

I am 100% sure Microsoft would do the same. They already smashed Nokia brand which was much worldwide stronger than BlackBerry.

39. meanestgenius

Posts: 23120; Member since: May 28, 2014

Totally agree with you, John. BlackBerry absolutely would not benefit from being purchase by Microsoft. Microsoft would take the patents and tech and dismantle the rest. +1.

48. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

If they sell themselves to apple it would be suicide on life support

19. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

If Microsoft buys Blackberry... Hmm. This could be interesting.

21. gaming64 unregistered

This might be the end of Blackberry 10 if MS bought it. Or so I believe, there might be a chance.

31. meanestgenius

Posts: 23120; Member since: May 28, 2014

I agree with you. As I said, my concern is that if Microsoft buys them, they will kill BlackBerry 10.

17. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

John Chen won't give up Blackberry that's for sure.

11. emmywee

Posts: 2; Member since: May 22, 2015

Sell it!!!!!! Buy it!!!!!!!!

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 23120; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agree with Neros. The Canadian government would never allow such a purchase by any of the Chinese vendors. And BlackBerry would lose all of its North American contracts if such a thing were allowed to occur. The United States is a HUGE client of BlackBerry's. Microsoft and BlackBerry would actually make a good fit. However, that would be only if MSFT allowed them to function as a separate entity. My concern is that Microsoft would just snatch BlackBerry up for the patents and security technology and discard the rest, kinda like they did with Nokia's handset division. A partnership with Microsoft would be more beneficial to BlackBerry, not a complete buyout.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 23120; Member since: May 28, 2014

This "news" of Microsoft and some Chinese vendors made its rounds on the Internet since last week, btw.

7. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

They should partner up with Lenovo, would like to see that

5. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Canadian government would never give consent to selling BB to Chinese. It's a matter of security.

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