RIM rumored to lay off 2,000 more workers soon

Research in Motion has been struggling in the past couple of years as its once dominant position in the smartphone marketplace has been cut down by the rise of the iPhone and Android devices. In July, RIM announced it would lay off 2,000 of its workers. Now The Globe and Mail website is reporting via unnamed sources that even more RIM employees may soon be given their walking papers.

The story claims that Canada-based RIM could send notices to at least 2,000 employees, and perhaps more, in the next week. Currently, RIM has about 16,500 team members worldwide, so layoffs of 2,000 people would affect over 10 percent of the company's workforce. The announcements could be made on or before June 1; June 2 is when the company's current fiscal quarter ends.

If this new round of layoffs does indeed happen, it would commence a few months before RIM is scheduled to launch Blackberry 10, the next version of its smartphone operating system, along with the first Blackberry 10 based smartphones. The company revealed a prototype of the Blackberry 10 product earlier this month that it gave out to software developers. However, the OS inside those phones was actually a version of the one that's being run on the Blackberry Playbook tablet and not Blackberry 10 itself.

Source: The Globe and Mail

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"However, the OS inside those phones was actually a version of the one that's being run on the Blackberry Playbook tablet and not Blackberry 10 itself."

That is completely false, the OS insinde the BB Dev Alpha is a modified version of the QNX OS that is on the Playbook. And you know what? The final BB 10 OS will also be a modified version of the current Playbook OS.

The BB 10 Dev Alpha will get updates to let the developpers get come new functionnality and then get closer to the BB 10 OS. It looks a lot like the Playbook OS, but it was adapted for phones and developpers to get something close to the final BB10 OS without giving it all, cause you know, you can't let everything get out before the official release.

HoochieMamma said,

Begins? More like its winding up for them. About time too.

I know, I just can't wait to see the final nail in the coffin

PmRd said,

I know, I just can't wait to see the final nail in the coffin

you guys can always say this crap.. but how will it end for them? they have 0 debt.. they can keep cutting emloyees as demand for their products fall .. they will not go anywhere they will just get smaller.. They will not be declaring bankrupcy anytime soon.. They were short 250 million last quarter and these 2000-6000 employeers are probably costing around a billion dollars .. their you go they are profitable again..

'woo you helped us make this product we`re about to launch and make loads of money from and now you`re all being made redundant!'