Investment firm Evercore calls for RIM to adopt Windows Phone OS

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I have supported Blackberry Enterprise Servers in my work life; I have built three Blackberry Enterprise Servers, and I have a great deal of respect for blackberries and the benefits they give a company. But from a user’s perspective, they are looking old.

Some investors have called for RIM to sell its patents or even itself.  Microsoft was named as a potential suitor to buy RIM out, and I like it at some levels, but I am not convinced it would ever happen, but would not rule it out.

Why should Microsoft take over RIM?  Regardless of the anti-Microsoft anything league Microsoft have a solid product in Windows Phone 7, and a future Windows Phone 8 and beyond.

In November 2010 Dell moved 25,000 of their employees Dell’s own Venue Pro running Windows Phone 7 migrations like that hurt.

In the eyes of some execs RIM appears is getting relegating to the side lines.

One of RIMs partners are a company by the name of Evercore, they are an investment banking advisory firm. Evercore are calling for RIM to adopt the Windows Phone OS for Blackberry devices.

Evercore  said “We now believe that RIMM needs to adopt an existing ecosystem (Windows Phone) in order to remain a relevant player in the smart phone market”

But wait .. what is so wrong with that idea?   I think that a Blackberry device running Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) or waiting for Windows Phone 8, with the built-in security of Blackberry would be great differentiator for RIM devices. You would have a smooth OS, plus rock hard security for your company’s messages, and you would still have things like Blackberry messenger built into it.

I don’t know how feasibility this is, but I think that it could be done. I think that if RIM announced that they had a deal with Microsoft to run devices with Windows Phone hardware specs and with Windows Phone 7.5 or hold out for Windows Phone 8, then their stock price would shoot up.

Network Managers all over the world wold breathe a sigh of relief that they had decent control and security over corporate messaging unlike iPhones. The deal would also do Microsoft a world of good in gaining them another reliable hardware partner.

I doubt it will happen but RIM with a Windows Phone OS and high-class Windows Phone body shell with Gorilla glass sounds cool to me.


About Joseph Leon Hall
I am a Systems Administrator, Network Engineer and Senior Technical Support Analyst and Microsoft evangelist. I spend my work time looking after networks, servers, desktops, laptops, and people. You ask wy people? That’s because in any network people matter. ”I am a PC! I am NOT a Mac nor a I a Chrome”

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