Those who were eagerly anticipating BlackBerry 10 devices will be deeply disappointed as Research In Motion has postponed the arrival of the gadgets until 2013 — because development has “proven to be more time-consuming than anticipated”. Unnamed sources said that the Canadian company is considering its options after admitting that the company might not survive with its current strategy.
One of these options would be to follow Nokia’s example and strike a strategic alliance with Microsoft to deliver BlackBerry handsets running on the Windows Phone platform. Such an option could also include Microsoft buying a stake in the BlackBerry-maker, which is not a very attractive perspective for RIM. Steve Ballmer has reportedly approached RIM several times in the past months but both RIM and Microsoft declined to comment on the issue.
Of course, RIM could also think of other options — like selling its network — but that isn’t by far as exciting as a future possible RIM-Microsoft partnership. What would it mean to you if Research In Motion followed Nokia’s footsteps? Would you be interested in a RIM-made, Microsoft-powered smartphone?