Would Microsoft buyout Research in Motion?

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Windows on BlackBerry

PCPro wrote an interesting post regarding the potential for Microsoft to buyout RIM. Microsoft has a substantial amount of cash on its balance sheet ($23 billion) and with RIM valued at $34 billion, the acquisition would be financially viable. Not only is the takeover financially plausible, it would be a synergistic move by Microsoft to acquire such a powerful smartphone manufacturer. Although I don’t like the idea of Windows Mobile appearing on a BlackBerry, I see the value in owning this space.

  • Rob

    I’d hate to see that happen. RIM, one of Canada’s best known international companies, being bought by the American Microsoft. *shivers*

  • Rob

    I’d hate to see that happen. RIM, one of Canada’s best known international companies, being bought by the American Microsoft. *shivers*

  • Jason

    I hope that never happens. The day Microsoft buys RIM would be the day I get rid of my Blackberry.

  • Jason

    I hope that never happens. The day Microsoft buys RIM would be the day I get rid of my Blackberry.

  • http://www.favbrowser.com/ Vygantas

    Jason,

    Riiiight.

  • http://www.favbrowser.com Vygantas

    Jason,

    Riiiight.

  • fizz

    here here, Windows on smartphones is dumb! Unless they plan on improving their OS (which users would still be guinea pigs and prone to suffering from MS issues), I would get rid of my Blackberry as well or never get one with Windows.

  • fizz

    here here, Windows on smartphones is dumb! Unless they plan on improving their OS (which users would still be guinea pigs and prone to suffering from MS issues), I would get rid of my Blackberry as well or never get one with Windows.

  • http://www.intomobile.com/ Simon

    Beh these rumors have been floating around for years, nothing ever happens.

  • http://www.intomobile.com Simon

    Beh these rumors have been floating around for years, nothing ever happens.

  • http://tim.brogdon.net/ Tim

    Although I would rather not see MS buy out RIM, there would be some benefits to the acquisition. Like true Exchange integration, and more functionality on the cell phones. One of my major pet peeves of the blackberry phones is the lack of options, most do not have WIFI, touch screens, Remote Desktop functionality, etc. Something that most all Windows Mobile phones do have. I know the latest Blackberry phones have resolved this issue, but they still are not available in the states, another benefit to a US based business taking over RIM.

  • http://tim.brogdon.net Tim

    Although I would rather not see MS buy out RIM, there would be some benefits to the acquisition. Like true Exchange integration, and more functionality on the cell phones. One of my major pet peeves of the blackberry phones is the lack of options, most do not have WIFI, touch screens, Remote Desktop functionality, etc. Something that most all Windows Mobile phones do have. I know the latest Blackberry phones have resolved this issue, but they still are not available in the states, another benefit to a US based business taking over RIM.

  • DavidB

    The joy of using a Blackberry would disappear if the Windows OS were on it. But just because they are bought out doesn’t mean the loss of Blackberry OS. Perhaps MS would see the value of a future mobile OS based on BBOS rather than their currently ancient WinMo??? Or maybe a dual OS strategy, run either on your device?

  • DavidB

    The joy of using a Blackberry would disappear if the Windows OS were on it. But just because they are bought out doesn’t mean the loss of Blackberry OS. Perhaps MS would see the value of a future mobile OS based on BBOS rather than their currently ancient WinMo??? Or maybe a dual OS strategy, run either on your device?

  • http://anuj-sethi.blogspot.com/ Anuj

    well , this is the last thing I would like to see on this planet, although I like competition! well guys google has made MS and Yahoo pretty cool and competitive and same is the case with apple which has made nokia and BB to come up with new innovations in the mobile smartphone market, not to mention but BB Bold rocks !

  • http://anuj-sethi.blogspot.com Anuj

    well , this is the last thing I would like to see on this planet, although I like competition! well guys google has made MS and Yahoo pretty cool and competitive and same is the case with apple which has made nokia and BB to come up with new innovations in the mobile smartphone market, not to mention but BB Bold rocks !

  • Ian

    If I wanted windows on my phone I would have bought a windows phone. I would drop BlackBerry and switch to a Palm. I prefer not to do that.

  • Ian

    If I wanted windows on my phone I would have bought a windows phone. I would drop BlackBerry and switch to a Palm. I prefer not to do that.

  • jamie

    Having come from using WinMo phones through university and up until recently when I switched to the berry, I can say that the BB OS is much better suited to use in the smartphone catagory than WinMo. And I agree, the day MS takes over RIM will be a sad day. Not only will quality fail, but it will be annother innovative successful Canadian company taken over by an uncaring US giant, redusing Canadain influance and innovation on the world tech scene and breaking the hearts of Canadians everywhere

  • jamie

    Having come from using WinMo phones through university and up until recently when I switched to the berry, I can say that the BB OS is much better suited to use in the smartphone catagory than WinMo. And I agree, the day MS takes over RIM will be a sad day. Not only will quality fail, but it will be annother innovative successful Canadian company taken over by an uncaring US giant, redusing Canadain influance and innovation on the world tech scene and breaking the hearts of Canadians everywhere

  • http://www.josiahbarlow.com/ Josiah

    I think this would be the worst thing ever to happen to one of the most incredible companies in the world…the reason Blackberry is so awesome is because of it’s quality OS…Microsoft wouldn’t know what a great OS was if it kicked them in the hard drive.

  • http://www.josiahbarlow.com Josiah

    I think this would be the worst thing ever to happen to one of the most incredible companies in the world…the reason Blackberry is so awesome is because of it’s quality OS…Microsoft wouldn’t know what a great OS was if it kicked them in the hard drive.

  • Karl Gustav

    It will be ATT, and everybody at RIM knows the writing is on the wall for that. Look how many of ATT personnel have been parachuted into RIM leadership roles lately. With the exception of a few token sites in Germany and another country, almost all of RIM’s technology development expansion is occuring in the US, at or near ATT facilities. How many Canadians get promoted into key leadership positions at RIM anymore? Look how harsh the working environment has become- it’s very much American style management. RIM has already sold out to the US, but Im sure they will continue to milk Canada for everything they can.

  • Karl Gustav

    It will be ATT, and everybody at RIM knows the writing is on the wall for that. Look how many of ATT personnel have been parachuted into RIM leadership roles lately. With the exception of a few token sites in Germany and another country, almost all of RIM’s technology development expansion is occuring in the US, at or near ATT facilities. How many Canadians get promoted into key leadership positions at RIM anymore? Look how harsh the working environment has become- it’s very much American style management. RIM has already sold out to the US, but Im sure they will continue to milk Canada for everything they can.

  • Chris

    “Blue screens coming to a BlackBerry near you”

  • Chris

    “Blue screens coming to a BlackBerry near you”

  • Brian

    I’ll be hedging my bets… My BB is givng me fits and is ready to be replaced (It’s had a long, useful life) and I’ll be jumping ship to Android as it’s replacement. Just the *thought* of it (Owing a Microsoft controlled product) makes me ill.

  • Brian

    I’ll be hedging my bets… My BB is givng me fits and is ready to be replaced (It’s had a long, useful life) and I’ll be jumping ship to Android as it’s replacement. Just the *thought* of it (Owing a Microsoft controlled product) makes me ill.