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Nokia, Microsoft talk of RIM bid had Windows on BlackBerrys

updated 01:25 am EDT, Sat March 31, 2012

Nokia and Microsoft might gut BlackBerry in deal

Nokia and Microsoft's talk of possibly buying RIM would amount to a wholesale OS replacement, new leaks uncovered late Friday. The Wall Street Journal tip not only left the door open to a "coordinated" bid for RIM but understood they would drop the BlackBerry OS entirely in favor of Windows Phone. Microsoft would take over the server side, the informants said, implying that it would go to a direct Exchange server instead of a BlackBerry Enterprise Server.

RIM wouldn't comment on the prospect. Extra tips maintained that RIM, which was refocusing on strengths, might sell off those parts it wasn't doing well in, rather than simply adjusting priorities. The company had even considered putting its phone business up for sale and focusing on enterprise networking, according to the claims.

It wasn't clear how serious these options were for RIM, which has publicly said options were open at this stage. An invitation from investors willing to put money into RIM in return for a small stake had reportedly been turned down during the end of the Balsillie and Lazaridis co-CEO era, but might be brought back under singular CEO Thorsten Heins.

The range of options show the relative fragility of RIM as Heins inherited it, as the company had posted a rare loss even after seeing its revenue and shipments shrink for a prolonged period. Going to Windows Phone would be a major risk for everyone involved, however, as it would risk antagonizing business customers that could be forced to switch platforms and might not necessarily stay with whatever company owns the BlackBerry name.

By Electronista Staff


  1. facebook_Mike

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    Joined: Mar 2012


    About time RIM Get's put out of it's missery

    Never liked Crackberry. Apple or Android is the way to go, especially for business email.. RIM did want to pay royalties to MS for ActiveSync (which is used for exchange servers) instead if you want to use your own mail server with Crackberry you had to get their software and attempt to integrate it into your server. At least Apple was and Google were smart.. lets not reinvent the wheel lets pay a license for it. How hard is that... RIM may have stayed out of trouble for just that... Then they had to make their own tablet with own OS... Hello did you not see what happened to HP? if a company larger then you could not do it with their own tablet OS what makes you think you could.

  1. chefpastry

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Nov 2005


    @ facebook_Mike

    My understanding was that Google did not pay licensing fees for ActiveSync. That's one of the reasons Microsoft went after Motorola. Now, I think most of the Android makers pay Microsoft but Google still doesn't, at least not for ActiveSync.

  1. pairof9s

    Senior User

    Joined: Jan 2008


    Pillaged BB owners

    Nothing like another company buying your phone company then telling you that you have to change phones, phone OS and service for your company's server.

    Hello, iPhone!

  1. johnpford

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Nov 2010



    Mike, I believe ActiveSync came after RIM's BES server. And by the way I believe MS is going after each Android vendor one by one on Active Sync integration as Google didn't pay a license for it.

  1. gprovida

    Junior Member

    Joined: Feb 2006


    Yahoo DejaVu

    Non-competitive companies being bundled together MS WinCE, Nokia, and now RIM does not seem like a formula for success although it can create the appearance of market share.

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