It's hard to argue that RIM is losing its smartphone momentum - not only this notion is now treated as a common sense thing, but also there is some very persuasive evidence pointing in that direction - its profits and revenue are plunging, people in the mobile industry seem to agree that Windows Phone is sure to overcome BlackBerry OS in the coming years, not to mention that Mike Lazaridis, RIM's co-CEO, doesn't act like a man who is able to turn around the Canadian company's failing fortunes.
Its BlackBerry World announcements - the new BlackBerry OS 7.0 (previously known as BB OS 6.1) and its two new handsets - did little to dispel the fears that RIM is lagging behind the smartphone curve. That's only iterated by the fact that Steve Ballmer's appearance during BB World fueled previous speculations that the Redmond-based company may purchase RIM at some point in the future.
Here's what Harry Wang, director of mobile research at Parks Associates, says on the subject:
"Will Microsoft buy RIM? That is a possibility and a fast track for Microsoft to gain a foothold in the mobile hardware business."
He goes on:
"RIM's market capitalization is only $25 billion and Microsoft has $48 billion in cash. If RIM's value drops to $15 billion, it will become an attractive target for Microsoft. Maybe Steve Ballmer was planting that seed during his keynote appearance at Blackberry World."
The analyst says we shouldn't expect such a deal to be announced in the next year or so. Of course, it goes without saying that this move may never materialize - especially if RIM's transition period goes well. However, if things don't work out for the Canadian manufacturer, there is some chance that Microsoft may buy it for its enterprise appeal:
"There's a 50 percent probability that, in about two years, Microsoft will make a big and bold more to acquire large hardware vendors. RIM will be the best target because it has a user base that Microsoft is looking for: enterprise customers. And they are in the key, fast-growing area that Microsoft isn't very successful at yet, the mobile world. The need for Microsoft is so urgent in mobile, yet RIM is a perfect entry."
As you can see, there is nothing certain in this analysis - there are plenty of "ifs" and "buts" in it. What's your opinion on it, though - would you be happy if Microsoft purchases RIM or you feel it would be a shame if the Canadian company is no longer in the mobile game?
source: PC Mag
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I hardly think It will happen... but just in case I hope Google outbids them...
posted on May 09, 2011, 8:08 AM 6
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actually lets hope Google DOESN'T outbid them. Google OR Apple. BB should either remain indy and crash and burn on its own faults or let MS buy them out.
posted on May 09, 2011, 7:54 PM 1
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I think that would be great. I only really see it hurting apple to be honest. Google will take a bigger lead at having the newest best smart phones for fully customizable users. Microsoft will now have a larger ability to take the most easy to use smartphones out there by far (seriously if you've ever used one they are just as easy at it gets). Then apple will just kinda be in the middle unless they finally do release a lower end iPhone as well. Either way I really think it would be a great Idea for there to be three big OS's because they will push each other to out due the other and we the customers would win. We've already seen it with Android and iOS, one more big one would just make it more competitive than two more lil ones that otherwise would be left behind.
posted on May 09, 2011, 8:17 AM 4
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MS, Nokia and RIM all of which are in decline, is this the best way to build your foundation?
posted on May 09, 2011, 8:23 AM 1
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technically MS is on its way back up. Windows phone 7 has sold much more than windows 6.xx. Add in the partnership with Nokia, and they have a huge world wide distribution partner. And if they buy blackberry, they have the bulk of the corperate world at their fingertips with blackberry's uber secure data sending services. If MS cant come up with a competing solution for enterprise businesses, than i think it would be a great move strategically to buy up RIM if they continue to go down. If MS doesnt than Google should.
posted on May 09, 2011, 2:10 PM 3
Not sure why MS would buy RIM. The only reason I can see is to get ahold of the BB network and enterprise BES product (which is hands down the best for the mobile management). Even that seems a stretch given their platforms are soooo different. The only other reason would just to get rid of a competitor, but I think RIM is doing a fine job of that by themselves.
posted on May 09, 2011, 8:29 AM 0
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If MS has managed to sell a total of 600,000 WP7 handsets to date, they are going to have to do something. If you can't build market share, then with a big enough checkbook, you buy it. Another potential acquirer of RIM would be HP. They have already acquired one former heavyweight (Palm), and RIM enhances their 'secure computing' focus.
posted on May 09, 2011, 8:34 AM 0
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Come on, this doesn't need to happen. RIM just needs to get aggressive and start developing products with a sense of urgency. They have the tools and capital to compete. Blackberry still is a respected name. Microsoft- go play with Nokia. RIM- wake up, see what is working for other companies, and keep your strengths.
posted on May 09, 2011, 10:22 AM 1
RIM is selling SOFTWARE, their hardware is CRAP So if Microsoft wants to keep RIM`s software than it`s a GO...but i don`t think it will keep it
posted on May 09, 2011, 11:01 AM 1
RIM reminds me a lot of Nokia. Very good hardware and software, usable, but not the most marketable anymore. The problem is that the software is a bit archaic in that it was made to be used by the people that programmed them. Very clunky and engineer-like. I am not saying that its not as powerful as any other platform out there, its just when having to appeal users outside of their core competencies. Going from Enterprise use to mass market consumption is a steep climb. WP7 is really a great platform looking forward. Their RIM OS is similar in behaviour to that of Symbian's. I also think they make similar hardware. Nokia, RIM and M$ will make for a decent combo......way down the line in about 5 years.
posted on May 09, 2011, 12:07 PM 0
WOW!!! With the new features just announced with Mango, and now BB messenger along with BB's Enterprise implementation, Microsoft could set themselves up as a powerhouse in the smart phone market. For all you bagging on them for "buying" success, who cares. If it gives me a better phone then I'm in. How many companies has Google and Apple gobbled up in the past few years for patent rights…..better yet, how many should they have gobbled up to avoid all the lawsuits? I may get one more Android phone and take a HARD look at WP7 early next year. SO MANY DECISIONS……my head hurts.lol
posted on May 09, 2011, 1:32 PM 2
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So RIM, a smartphone company that people are barely buying anymore, might be bought out by Microsoft, a company that makes a smartphone OS that no one buys?
posted on May 09, 2011, 4:39 PM 1
yeah, so you are implying that Android was sooo polished when it first came out on that crappy G1 and the buzz was there? Talk about lack of insight. Yeah the iPhone OS was perfect too. Copy/Paste, no flash. Watch what happens in 5 years in this space. OS will be irrelevant. What will be relevant is interoperability between all devices that a person has. Smart home, phone etc.
posted on May 09, 2011, 4:48 PM 0
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I'm not implying that Android of iOS is better, in fact you're right that Android sucked when it first appeared on the G1 and iOS is lacking things. But those two really stole the spotlight from RIM when the iPhone and Droid came into the scene and RIM's touch screen devices haven't been all that well received and I have not seen anyone go for WP7.
posted on May 10, 2011, 12:37 PM 0
Man here in Canada I see like 3 Blackberrys for every other smartphone, to the point where the 9900 is going to be my next phone after my LG Optimus 7 (current device), Nokia N8, and Moto Milestone (droid), in that order. It just makes sense because almost everyone I know has one. RIM will never go away so long as they rule their home turf.
posted on May 09, 2011, 8:49 PM 0
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I would hope the RIM doesn't go away and you're right about the home turf situation. Look at Nokia in Europe, they're huge. But in the US, carries can't even give them away for free because no one wants them.
posted on May 10, 2011, 12:39 PM 0
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Blackberry are for businnes but now android has betters phones then rim somebody say google makez phones google dosent makes only they put the sofware so my phone are droid x but it frece and my opinion why i have verizon phone when metro android are similar only f things diferent .....
posted on May 09, 2011, 4:53 PM 0
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