We recently scribbled about the possibility of Microsoft buying Nokia’s smartphone division, and now there are rumours that the pair were – and possibly still are – considering making a move on RIM.
The news comes via the Wall Street Journal, at the end of a frankly terrible year for the Canadians. Pretty much anything that could go wrong did.
The BlackBerry PlayBook was slated by critics after launching without a native email client, and a few months ago BlackBerry users endured a fairly lengthy data outage. RIM was even forced to rename BBX to the significantly less palatable BlackBerry 10.
The Wall Street Journal goes on to suggest that RIM also "approached other smartphone makers, including Samsung and HTC, about licensing RIM's new operating system."
Both of those possibilities might seem a little far-fetched, but there’s definitely a consensus that RIM has to do something. It can’t very well continue down this path of self-destruction.
In related news, a Reuters exclusive reveals that RIM “has turned down takeover overtures from Amazon.com Inc and other potential buyers”, and is intent on fixing its own problems.
One thing’s for sure: it’ll be interesting to see what kind of state RIM is in this time next year.