It's the big BlackBerry World shindig over in Florida this week, and the show had a surprise visit today from Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer, who dropped in during the RIM keynote.
And he wasn't there just to exchange pleasantries, either, confirming Bing as the default search engine and map provider for future BlackBerry phones and even taking time to aim a quick dig in Android's direction.
Ballmer confirmed that Bing services would be integrated into “the BlackBerry experience” around the end of the year, which can likely be interpreted as implying that's when we'll see the next version of BlackBerry OS.
“Bing will provide the organising layer in the cloud,” the Microsoft head honcho explained. “This goes way beyond the search box. It’s about real tools helping real people get jobs done.”
Ballmer lingered at the RIM event just long enough to have a pop at Android – he was on safe ground, after all. “The volumes have risen but it has caused an ensuing chaos that has frustrated consumers.”