CC:Jim Balsillie (FMC gives Microsoft the upper hand)

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Have you ever thought that maybe fixed-mobile convergence might bring unwanted competition competition to RIM’s doorstep? Sure, Windows is relatively new to the mobile technology market, but they own the static arena. The more BlackBerry moves towards full-blown office interoperability with Icaran enthusiasm, the more likely it’s going to find the vengeful sun that is Microsoft.

But don’t take my word for it, check out this recently-released report from BRC.

“RIM and Symbian have attracted millions of business users through personal information managers and email, but without middleware solutions they will lose them to Microsoft,” said Jeff Ace, one of the report’s authors … The report maintained that to counter this challenge and stop more revenue share going to Microsoft, RIM will need a comprehensive toolset for accessing corporate middleware and Symbian should move to a device-independent development platform to attract innovative developers.

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