More talk about RIM takeover by Microsoft

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The subject has been brought up countless times: will Microsoft ever buy RIM? Surely, if you ever spoke with Jim Balsillie or Mike Lazaridis, the idea would be out of the question, but who knows?

National Bank analyst Richard Tse thinks it’s a possibility, saying that if shares in RIM keep falling, investors should consider it a possibility.

Talking about the Microsoft buyout, Tse says: “Sticking with Microsoft, sure Windows Mobile 7 is on its way but wouldn’t RIM be able to offer what they’ve strived to get beyond their OS and Office – another wedge into the enterprise. We sure wouldn’t rule this out.”

  • Steve Williams

    I really hope not! I want RIM to do well, but I’m not sure having Microsoft own them is the path to success. Look what happened to Danger recently!

  • Steve Williams

    I really hope not! I want RIM to do well, but I’m not sure having Microsoft own them is the path to success. Look what happened to Danger recently!

  • Colin

    I don’t want rim to be taken over by microsoft do you want a blackberry version of the danger sidekick data outage hell no don’t you dare take over rim

  • Colin

    I don’t want rim to be taken over by microsoft do you want a blackberry version of the danger sidekick data outage hell no don’t you dare take over rim

  • http://N/A Jared N

    What makes more sense for RIM is to acquire Palm. The WebOS will help fix and align their business more effectively with the consumer market. They can keep a couple key designers and engineers etc. and not further bloat their business. They will also gain many patents from years of R&D. Tons more reasons why this makes sense, including Palm pre hardware improvement, and product distribution to name two.

  • Jared N

    What makes more sense for RIM is to acquire Palm. The WebOS will help fix and align their business more effectively with the consumer market. They can keep a couple key designers and engineers etc. and not further bloat their business. They will also gain many patents from years of R&D. Tons more reasons why this makes sense, including Palm pre hardware improvement, and product distribution to name two.

  • Jared N

    What makes more sense for RIM is to acquire Palm. The WebOS will help fix and align their business more effectively with the consumer market. They can keep a couple key designers and engineers etc. and not further bloat their business. They will also gain many patents from years of R&D. Tons more reasons why this makes sense, including Palm pre hardware improvement, and product distribution to name two.

  • user01

    Not sure if this would happen or not as far it being strategically a match for MS…RIM handset + BES is kind of a soup-to-nuts solution for MS to pick up and market as part of its own mobile portfolio (not to mention all of the other email platforms that RIM supports but that Exchange competes with ferociously).

    Ditching the wide market of Windows Mobile for Blackberry OS would be an odd move as would gutting (java) BB OS and shoe-horning Windows Mobile into the handset.

    From the other angle though, the scuttlebutt for *years* has been that RIM has quietly been open to MS buying them regardless of what might get said publicly.

  • user01

    Not sure if this would happen or not as far it being strategically a match for MS…RIM handset + BES is kind of a soup-to-nuts solution for MS to pick up and market as part of its own mobile portfolio (not to mention all of the other email platforms that RIM supports but that Exchange competes with ferociously).

    Ditching the wide market of Windows Mobile for Blackberry OS would be an odd move as would gutting (java) BB OS and shoe-horning Windows Mobile into the handset.

    From the other angle though, the scuttlebutt for *years* has been that RIM has quietly been open to MS buying them regardless of what might get said publicly.

  • user01

    Not sure if this would happen or not as far it being strategically a match for MS…RIM handset + BES is kind of a soup-to-nuts solution for MS to pick up and market as part of its own mobile portfolio (not to mention all of the other email platforms that RIM supports but that Exchange competes with ferociously).

    Ditching the wide market of Windows Mobile for Blackberry OS would be an odd move as would gutting (java) BB OS and shoe-horning Windows Mobile into the handset.

    From the other angle though, the scuttlebutt for *years* has been that RIM has quietly been open to MS buying them regardless of what might get said publicly.

  • NoOneSpecific

    God help us all.

  • NoOneSpecific

    God help us all.

  • NoOneSpecific

    God help us all.

  • nobody

    Just like Nortel, RIM don’t have a future. If it is taken over by MSFT, RIM should be happy. And Canadians should be happen that is franchis is managed by the most successful company in the world.

    i am canadian, and i cheer for that to happen.

  • OnBehalfOf…

    Say it ain’t so! All of a sudden Palm and Android are lloking real good!

  • nobody

    Just like Nortel, RIM don’t have a future. If it is taken over by MSFT, RIM should be happy. And Canadians should be happen that is franchis is managed by the most successful company in the world.

    i am canadian, and i cheer for that to happen.

  • OnBehalfOf…

    Say it ain’t so! All of a sudden Palm and Android are lloking real good!

  • will.i.aint

    This article is absolute BS.
    To summarize…some random guy mentioned the age old BS that MS could takeover RIM, because it was mearly his stupid opinion and he probably thought “yeah, that would be a good idea to suggest, and it might make me sound like a speculative big-shot”, simply because he didnt realize it had been said time and time again.
    It means nothing, carries no weight, and is absolutely pointless to bring up if there is no evidence (which there isnt).
    BBCool, stop posting sh*t just to get a few more hits.

  • will.i.aint

    This article is absolute BS.
    To summarize…some random guy mentioned the age old BS that MS could takeover RIM, because it was mearly his stupid opinion and he probably thought “yeah, that would be a good idea to suggest, and it might make me sound like a speculative big-shot”, simply because he didnt realize it had been said time and time again.
    It means nothing, carries no weight, and is absolutely pointless to bring up if there is no evidence (which there isnt).
    BBCool, stop posting sh*t just to get a few more hits.

  • David H

    I hope not! Look how long it took them to release a Mac-friendly Desktop Manager as an independent company.

  • David H

    I hope not! Look how long it took them to release a Mac-friendly Desktop Manager as an independent company.

  • David H

    I hope not! Look how long it took them to release a Mac-friendly Desktop Manager as an independent company.