Blackberry (formerly known as Research In Motion/RIM) is in trouble.
The phone company recently announced that it has formed a special committee to explore “strategic alternatives” for its itself.
They also went on to announce that they are open to alternatives that could range from “joint ventures to partnerships to a sale of its operation to another firm”
OK let’s cut the bullshit, we all know that Blackberry as we know it is done.
Dead. Over. Kaput. Finito.
The question at hand now is, is this a strategic opportunity for Microsoft to get their hands on significant amounts of intellectual capital, phone hardware and lots of really juicy enterprise accounts?
Some would say that Microsoft’s “alliance” with Nokia is a reason for not looking too closely at Blackberry but I actually disagree.
My wife uses a Blackberry for work and has an iPhone for play. She swears up and down that for responses to long work emails, there’s nothing like tactile keys.
That tactile keyboard appeal seems to me like an opportunity for Redmond to achieve phone dominance in the Enterprise. They could build on RIM’s appeal to corporate accounts and work on getting Windows Phone into the enterprise.
I have never been a Nokia fan (big bulky cameras that pretend to be phones) and I think Microsoft might be better served starting over in the phone department and acquiring a company that used to be great.
Just my opinion this glorious Tuesday.
Over to you – what do you think? Should Microsoft look at acquiring Blackberry?
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