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    Microsoft considering acquistion of RIM?


    The Mobile World Congress kicks off in just a few days from now in Barcelona. Ahead of it there has been plenty of rumors and previews as to what to expect this year. But this newest rumor is a little upsetting to any BlackBerry addict. Could we be seeing this logo one day?

    According to multiple sources, Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer is repeatedly expressing interesting in purchasing RIM. Looking at the numbers, it certainly is not impossible. While RIM has market value of about $38 billion, Microsoft has them beat with a market value of $246 billion. Makes RIM look pretty small in comparison.

    This all comes on the heels of the announcement that CEO Steve Ballmer will be hosting Microsoft's press conference next week at the Mobile World Congress. He's expected to detail their latest OS for Windows Mobile smartphones.

    But honestly, can you see Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis agreeing to be bought by Microsoft? Truthfully, I would be shocked if something like this were to happen. With BlackBerry still kicking ass in the smartphone world and the Curve being the top selling smartphone, it would be hard for anyone to believe RIM would surrender to Microsoft. Though on the other hand, maybe it would help BlackBerry appeal more to consumers, an area in which they are lacking in as everybody knows.

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    If Microsoft bought RIM, some would say that it would help RIM's image, but I don't ever see this happening. RIM is an extraordinary business that is doing well on it's own, they don't need a big brother to coach them through anything.

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    Best to keep my trap shut on this one considering my location to RIM and friends working there.

    Oh what the hell, not known for being shy...WTF!!! Another Canadian company that has proven it's success on the world market being courted by Microsoft? Just what the Tri-City area needs, more unemployment as we all know if this sale did go through, the company would not remain in Waterloo. Question that needs to be asked is if RIM says no way in hell, how many patent lawsuits are they facing with Microsoft?

    Secondly, we have a product with RIM that works for the most part, albeit minor glitches with operating systems just released. However, the crack team here at BBOS readily takes care of that in a very timely fashon. Can you imagine a Microsoft Blackberry? Constantly requiring a reboot, apps that don't work and a guaranteed crash at least 3 times a day!

    Here's hoping this is just a wish on Microsoft's behalf, and it going no further at RIM.

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    The mindset of "if you can't beat 'em, buy 'em" would be bad for everyone. Buying market share is a short term growth strategy that would ultimately dilute the BB brand in the long run--and at a very hefty price to MS.

    (Just because I pay to be in the champagne room doesn't mean I'm cool enough to be in the champagne room.)

    BTW, in case you read about it later, I have also "expressed interest" in buying RIM. Not sure if I'm gonna go through with it. Also thinking about picking up a ninja sword today....so, ya. Lots of choices.

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    I pray this does NOT happen. This would simply be BAD for everyone involved. I deal with Microshaft on a daily basis. Please dear GOD don't make me go to Nokia.

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    If the function of my blackberry changes i will get a :no:iphone:no: or google phone.

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    jeez... i mean... ouch... If that gonna happen... ah.. *speechless*

    I hope it won't happen... BlackBerry is now the best device a man would have because RIM's works and ideas... I don't think microsoft can do that (thinking of windows XP --> Vista --> 7 is not so interesting)... Well...... just my 2 cents..

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    I came from using WM and i got to tell you BB OS is way better in all the aspect you can imagine.....lets be realistic if that were to happen a lot of us would change to a different smart phone...including me!!!

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    Can't wait for the "internet explorer" pushes! :laugh2:
    This would definitely be the end of the storm 1's existence, since everything Microsoft makes requires 80gb of ram just to boot up....
    Have you ever wondered why things intended to make our lives simpler keep getting more complicated to use?

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    This would totally suck. A Blackberry phone would not feel the same anymore. Microsoft will have a huge influence in the way RIM will operate. Windows OS is such a failed technology that Apple is eating away their share of the market more and more everyday. In the mobile business they continue to fail with their Windows Mobile as other new smartphone players enter the market.

    If Microsoft wants to be a winner again, it needs to rewrite their entire OS all over again from the ground up using new technologies like Palm WebOS did. Google Android was written from the ground up 2 years ago and now look at how successful it is now.

    I think buying RIM is a just short term fix to their problems. They need to be creative and innovative to stay alive. If the smartphone market have room for a couple new entrant why can't they come in fresh and re-engineer their entire operating system. Microsoft shareholders are making a bad investment if they choose to purchase RIM.

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    If this sale ever went through I might feel the need to cry and shout!!! :aargh4:

    Could you imagine all the hybrids? With the XBox Live bans moving onto your phone, because you wanted (and more importantly, needed) to make it better.

    the world would be a very sad place...

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    There is no way this would end up being a good thing. Microsoft would just screw everything up. I pray this never happens in my lifetime lol.
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    They would probably come out with the xBerry. To compete with the iPhone of course.
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    Maybe it will go the other way around? From the looks of it, RIM is moving over to WM phones, not the other way around.. BUT If Windows buys RIM then it wouldn't make a difference...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Natemz View Post
    They would probably come out with the xBerry. To compete with the iPhone of course.

    Don't you mean the Windows Berry 7, XP, Pather, Vista, Crossbreed, Mobile Phone???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madasafish View Post
    Don't you mean the Windows Berry 7, XP, Pather, Vista, Crossbreed, Mobile Phone???
    He means its the xBox equivalent in a cell phone. Lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShimmyShine View Post
    He means its the xBox equivalent in a cell phone. Lol

    I know, I was being a tad sarcastic towards the mighty Microsoft lol :bigeyes:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madasafish View Post
    Don't you mean the Windows Berry 7, XP, Pather, Vista, Crossbreed, Mobile Phone???
    Quote Originally Posted by Madasafish View Post
    I know, I was being a tad sarcastic towards the mighty Microsoft lol :bigeyes:
    OH! LOL If only you could read my post's in the staff section, you would realize my lack of recognition for sarcasm.. Lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShimmyShine View Post
    OH! LOL If only you could read my post's in the staff section, you would realize my lack of recognition for sarcasm.. Lol

    No worries. lol

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    I would be shocked to see MS buy RIM. It would be smart on RIM's part to make money, but MS would have to kill off Windows Mobile. Or, another option would be to make Windows Mobile a consumer product and Blackberry a professional product.

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