RIM -> RIP
Buyers including Amazon, Microsoft and Nokia have expressed some interest in hoovering up the remains of Research in Motion, as it reeled from one disaster to another this year. But the Canadian firm is determined to sort itself out, people with knowledge of the situation told Reuters. Etail giant Amazon hired an investment …
Wednesday 21st December 2011 13:36 GMT John Styles
Pass me the popcorn
I think we will need some laughs in 2012. This could be it... The idea of Microsoft and Nokia owning platforms 3 and 4 in a field of 2, and then with the razor-sharp focus and ability to execute on plans in the platform arena for which both companies are justly famed (particularly Nokia with its experience with Symbian, Maemo, Systems 40, 60, 80, Hildon, QT, OldUncleTomCobbleyAndAll etc.) then having to come up with a plausible story and strategy for merging, or not WinPho and whatever RIM were allowed to call theirs after they weren't allowed to use the name they wanted, will be a joy to hold. And of course Microsoft would have to embrace Java so there is an Oracle vs Microsoft issue.
Should keep us going until the Mayan apocolypse nicely.
Wednesday 21st December 2011 14:02 GMT Craig Vaughton
I'd really laugh if Apple bought them (guess have a few $ spare down the back of sofa somewhere without touching their cash pile). Can you imagine the lawyer feeding frenzy with all the IP lawsuits that could doubtless generate?
It'd be the only way they'd get into some corporate businesses as well!
Wednesday 21st December 2011 19:12 GMT BitDr
Trolling through the tablet section of a Big Box retail operation the problem with RIM's playbook jbecame obvious. The retail price for the 32 GB version of the dimunitive QNX based tablet is $699.00. The 32 GB Android equivalents are $399-$499.
Little wonder Playbooks are not selling.
Wednesday 21st December 2011 22:55 GMT P. Lee
Worth the client base to MS?
I would have thought that MS would have the most to gain here given the corporate email base.
Though it may end up like hotmail. By the time all the conversion to MS software has taken place, everyone has left.
However, I think the bb model of taking all traffic is flawed. As we've seen, a small issue can take out all access and makes you a target as a government snooping point.
Friday 23rd December 2011 00:06 GMT Hubert Thrunge Jr.
Why should RIM sell itself?
A couple of investment wankers, errr I mean bankers want to make a profit so tell RIM to commit hare kare. No, sorry. FOAD is what they should say.
A MS/Nok buyout would kill RIM dead, just like the marriage between MS and Nokia is slowly killing the once greatest mobile phone maker in the world.
So RIM made a faux pas moving into the tablet market, So what!? Put it behind yourselves and concentrate on the core business - mobile telephony with business applications.
Thankfully the joint CEO's of RIM still own most of the company, so they can offer the single finger salute.
Far too many companies have been destroyed by some profit mongering bankers whim. Come the revolution brothers, they're among the first up against the wall!!! ;0)