Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Microsoft May Find It Impossible Not To Buy RIM [Business Insider]

Check the full post and this article for some analysis of reasons why RIM might be acquired.  I agree with the points below, however, on Microsoft as a potential acquirer; the opportunity costs to Microsoft’s mobile ambitions would likely be ~infinity

The reasons not to do the deal, meanwhile:

  • The biggest reason is that it might alienate Microsoft's biggest phone partner, Nokia. Right now, Nokia is sure that it's Microsoft number-one phone partner. If Microsoft buys RIM, that would no longer be true.
  • RIM's founders would probably resist and it might turn into a MicroHoo-style fiasco.
  • Microsoft is a software company, not a hardware company. It needs to focus on what it's good at.

Microsoft May Find It Impossible Not To Buy RIM

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