Re: Sony perhaps?
"Oh, hold on, Sony is a direct Microsoft competitor, that cannot happen."
I think you got completely that wrong. Nokia was a direct Microsoft competitor. Symbian was the biggest competition against Windows Mobile. In fact Sony(-Ericsson) was a former microsoft partner (Xperia X1 & X2)
As for another ex-MSFT employe inside RIM, please NOOOOOOOO! Isn't it suspicious that after Symbian defeated windows mobile as the premier smartphone os in the early 2000's an ex-microsoft employer is 'appointed' Nokia's CEO and single handedly decides that 'Symbian is a burning platform'. And then the 'press' is surprised that WE, normal folks, begin to talk about conspiracy.
Microsoft, their moles and their attidute have already destroyed too much good things! IMHO they should be stopped at ANY cost!