Microsoft to BUY RiM (Blackberry) !!! [Speculation]

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by MacTraveller, Oct 10, 2008.

  1. MacTraveller macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2008
    OK so two websites are rumormongering this about now.... but when you think about it, it makes sense! Microsoft's only way to compete in the smartphone arena is to buy out a company like RIM, since RIM's Blackberries already are microsoft-savvy (i.e. exchange) and business-savvy devices.
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    Sources for this ridiculous speculation?

    RIM are consistently on the up, why on earth would they sell out.
  3. pdjudd macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2007
    Plymouth, MN
    Hardly. RIM made 6 Billion dollars last year. Their market cap is 31 billion. Not so say that makes it any more of less possible, but the EU would never approve the sale much less the Canadian Government.

    Microsoft has no reason to acquire RIM - they never have been in the hand-held phone business. Furhtermore you have to remember:

    1) Microsoft has their own phone software platform, they aren't going to dump it since there is huge corporate need for its support.
    2) MS also has another phone system - Danger
    3) MS already has mail acquisition technology of its own that already directly interfaces with Exchange and does not require a dedicated NOC that RIM uses.
    4) With what RIM is trading at, they could afford to buy out Yahoo at twice the current share - and their web business is in far more a world of hurt than their mobile business.

    The only thing that MS could gain from RIM is selling handsets - otherwise they would obtain competing technologies that have nothing to do with each other. I just don't see it happening anymore than the Yahoo deal would.
  4. kkat69 macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2007
    Atlanta, Ga
    Yah but that and the referenced link doesn't say they WILL take them over (as in rumor) just that they basically have the capital to do so. MS is always used in comparisons like this because they have a huge capital to back up risky moves.
  5. Unspeaked macrumors 68020


    Dec 29, 2003
    West Coast
    Maybe Apple will buy them...

  6. shokosugi macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2008
    Blackberry is doing well so i don't know if they're vulnerable, but it makes a lot of business sense for MS.
  7. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    Yeah, but it is nowhere near as feature rich as the BES server. That could be the only thing I can see as useful for MS.

    Also note the BES server will interface with Lotus Notes as well.
  8. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    Microsoft did acquire Danger, so they are clearly coming round to the fact that if you are serious about software then you need to make your own hardware.

    Like Zune and XBOX.
  9. pdjudd macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2007
    Plymouth, MN
    I just makes more sense to improve the services that they offer since they already control exchange server. Why complicate things by acquiring technology that just requires another server on top of exchange. The Zune model indicates integration

    So? Lotus Notes competes with Exchange too. Again, what advantage would that offer Microsoft when they would get much more out of convincing competitors to move to Exchange outright?
  10. Rivix macrumors 6502a


    Oct 13, 2005
    I would like RIM to say independent. They are so strong this wouldn't make sense, and stockholders should understand that!

    Plus their Canadian! I don't want to loose anymore!
  11. timerollson macrumors 65816

    Dec 4, 2005
    People who use Blackberrys buy them to avoid Windows Mobile.;)

    Microsoft should get that through their heads. Putting Windows Mobile on a Blackberry device isn't going to garner any more/less customers if the customer's intentions were to not use WinMo in the first place.
  12. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    RIMs shareprice has taken taken a hammering over the last few months. Stock looks very cheap. As reported in numerous places MS appear to have a standing offer to buy RIM for $50 a share. Of course RIM almost certainly don't have a standing acceptance...
  13. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    I agree with that, and as I said, the BES server has way more features. If MS were to buy RIM, that's about the only good thing I can see from it.

    I'm just saying that RIM technology will interface with other email systems. I know of several companies that run Lotus and will not switch because Exchange doesn't offer the same solutions integrated with the email system. These companies also have BlackBerries, and if MS were to support Exchange-only environments, they would lose clients.
  14. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Srsly... the BB interface and system was so much more sensible and usable than the Windows Mobile interface.

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