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.


Windows Phone Mango Bing Audio and Vision Updates

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Once again WINRUMORS brings a great video of some of the NEW stuff being baked into the MANGO update.

Click here to see the Audio & Visual update for Mango.

Don’t forget we still have the Windows Phone Apollo update to come (Windows Phone 8). Bing Audio and Vision allow users to simply scan items such as books, CDs or DVDs and have Bing confirm the product, online pricing and reviews.

The Bing Vision piece will even allow you to scan product barcodes to locate groceries and other items online. Although many of the features are available in rival platforms and separate applications, Microsoft’s tight integration into the core of the operating system means that the every Windows Phone user will get the new features.

Microsoft has also built-in Bing Audio. Similar to Shazam, the service will allow you to locate music that is playing in the background or on the radio. Microsoft takes this one step further though. Through its deep Zune integration, Windows Phone Mango users can simply search for background music and then have it streamed to the device via Zune pass, within seconds. The feature is stunning considering it’s a part of the core operating system.

Microsoft’s final piece of Bing Vision is the translation and OCR features. Bing Vision can read a bunch of text from a book and then convert it into several different languages in an augmented reality style.

It’s true that Iphone and Ipad have an app for this, but this will be BAKED into the phone itself.

Happy Mango month to all WP7 users.