Microsoft and Nokia also thought about buying RIM

The Wall Street Journal reports that according to unnamed sources, Microsoft and Nokia considered making a joint bid for Research In Motion. This revelation comes hot on the heels of the news that Amazon was also interested in acquiring the struggling telecommunications company.

While the status of the talks between RIM, Microsoft and Nokia is unclear, The Wall Street Journal points out that the mere fact that these discussions took place highlights just how dire RIM's situation has become, with its stock hitting a new eight-year low on Tuesday. And of course, the hard place RIM finds itself in now presents itself as potential business opportunity for its rivals and suitors.

According to The Wall Street Journal's sources, no actual bids have materialized as of yet, and RIM Chief Executive Jim Balsillie has indicated that he wants to wait until after RIM's new BlackBerry launches next year before coming to a decision on whether to seriously consider a potential buyout. Whether Microsoft or Nokia would still be willing to come to the table at that time is unknown, especially with the complexities of such a move. Microsoft already has business partnerships with RIM and Nokia separately.

Unsurprisingly, spokespeople from Microsoft, Nokia and RIM all declined to comment on the situation.

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Whats with the WP7 comments? MS will never put that on RIM's phones. First they have to buy then edit some code and do tons of testing before they get it right. Id be surprised if Windows 8 even made it on RIM phones if they purchased. I bet MS would allow BBOS10 to be installed on the phones and see how that plays out while in the background working on a new version of OS software.

Frank2029 said,
Whats with the WP7 comments? MS will never put that on RIM's phones. First they have to buy then edit some code and do tons of testing before they get it right. Id be surprised if Windows 8 even made it on RIM phones if they purchased. I bet MS would allow BBOS10 to be installed on the phones and see how that plays out while in the background working on a new version of OS software.

I'm not sure I understand. Surely Microsoft would make the internals compatible with the requirements of Windows Phone 7... The outside look of the device does not matter... And they're apparently working on different resolutions (One of them being a Blackberry style handset) for the Tango or Apollo releases... So, I don't really see a problem.

M_Lyons10 said,

I'm not sure I understand. Surely Microsoft would make the internals compatible with the requirements of Windows Phone 7... The outside look of the device does not matter... And they're apparently working on different resolutions (One of them being a Blackberry style handset) for the Tango or Apollo releases... So, I don't really see a problem.

Right, What i meant was they would not put WP7 on RIM devices right away. If anything Windows 8 would be on RIM devices... sorry for the confusion

I am waiting for this to happen. Basicly every one here uses BB for BB Massenger, if Microsoft bought RIM or WP7 been used on there phone. It will for sure port BBM to there phones.

I see this as a win-win. For Microsoft, more users will use WP7 and for RIM, (based what I see here in my area) about 90% of WP7 will like to have BBM installed (I heard rumors that RIM may take a yearly subscription for the use of BBM on other phones).

i think microsoft might through some money and make a partnership with RIM the same way they did with nokia replacing their os with windows phone 7

subcld said,
i think microsoft might through some money and make a partnership with RIM the same way they did with nokia replacing their os with windows phone 7

That would certainly benefit Microsoft... And with an OS that's at the top for customer satisfaction, it would probably help Blackberry in the end as well...

The biggest assess that RIM has is BBM and patents and that's what Microsoft/Nokia is after.

BBX and the hardware business is probably an afterthought.

day2die said,
The biggest assess that RIM has is BBM and patents and that's what Microsoft/Nokia is after.

The regulators would never allow it. Microsoft has shown itself to be an aggressive patent litigator. This has already caused conditions to be placed on both the Novell and Nortel acquisitions.

i could see them buying a minority stake and get them to use windows phone 7.. i dont see them taking control of rim completely.. if WP7 was on Blackberries instead of BB10 then it would be good for both microsoft and nokia..

Lachlan said,
if WP7 was on Blackberries instead of BB10 then it would be good for both microsoft and nokia..

I don't think you understand why people use Blackberries in the first place. It might be good for Microsoft, but it would kill an already wounded RIM.