05-27-2015 09:39 PM
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  1. YanivC's Avatar
    http://www.vcpost.com/articles/69556/20150525/leak-shows-microsoft-lumia-940-lumia-940-xl-might-have-two-new-business-related-apps-instanote-and-dialer-for-lync.htm

    Well for one thing it would be ellimating the closest contender to number 3 spot. Remember anything can happen and there a re a **** ton of Blackberry die hards still out there.
    Second.... developers developers developers. If they could convince some blackberry deveopers (especially those with QNX skills) to come on over to WP it would be a huge win.
    I see MS as trying to be nimble and spreading its eggs into lots of baskets right now (which is very smart). They are writing apps for competing markets, they are joining the open source movement strongly, they are creating new verticals for app developers. So as you said, why not add this to the basket?
    05-25-2015 11:25 AM
  2. twrist's Avatar
    I think after the pretty considerable loss they've made with Nokia, buying another large device manufacturer will be off the agenda for the time being...!
    05-25-2015 11:47 AM
  3. final_fantasy781's Avatar
    Interesting...Microsoft to buy out Blackberry? What do you think Microsoft will get out of Blackberry though? I'm not concerned but I just don't understand what Microsoft would get from buying Blackberry.
    05-25-2015 11:54 AM
  4. aximtreo's Avatar
    05-25-2015 01:19 PM
  5. hotphil's Avatar
    Interesting...Microsoft to buy out Blackberry? What do you think Microsoft will get out of Blackberry though? I'm not concerned but I just don't understand what Microsoft would get from buying Blackberry.
    They get BB IP. And stop someone else buying it. But that's about it. they mmight be able to tie bbm into skype, or use bb encryption in Mobile, but BB would still have a lot of baggage. i cant see ms being interested in bb really.
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    05-25-2015 01:35 PM
  6. hotphil's Avatar
    http://www.vcpost.com/articles/69556/20150525/leak-shows-microsoft-lumia-940-lumia-940-xl-might-have-two-new-business-related-apps-instanote-and-dialer-for-lync.htm
    that article has to be the suckiest thing I've read in a while. Rumours and unfounded speculation with model numbers of unannounced/non-existent handsets and other tosh chucked in all over the place in a blatant ploy to get it up the search rankings.
    By the end of it i was expecting them to tell me that Ellen had told Oprah to give me a free iPad by way of apology for lying all these years about her amazing secret that doctors and retailers just don't want me to know.
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    05-25-2015 01:46 PM
  7. dkediger's Avatar
    About a year ago this was discussed hypothetically here primarily as a means of acquiring users to eventually convert to WP.

    From purely that viewpoint, I argued against it - the remaining BB users would be very "high maintenance" and resistant to converting in the case of enterprises and governments still utilizing BES.

    From an IP perspective, I'm still not sure how much it makes sense - QNX excepted. That's the part that appears to have value and goodwill going forward. The question is how much though.
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    05-25-2015 01:55 PM
  8. anthonyng's Avatar
    yes only because I want a W10 Passport device.
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    05-25-2015 02:22 PM
  9. YanivC's Avatar
    see my points above :)
    05-25-2015 02:48 PM
  10. YanivC's Avatar
    LOL! True but still not a farfetched rumor as rumors go
    05-25-2015 02:48 PM
  11. YanivC's Avatar
    dk thats why I mentioned the QNX developers, that would be huge for MS. On the "high maintenance" part, Im not sure I agree with that. With exception of the keyboard (no amount of arguing will change this) Blackberry users primarily need appx 3 things. BB Messenger, Solid email client and security all of which now live on the WP platform. In fact BBM is being challenged tremendously by whatsapp now as well so I believe they would truly truly love WP.
    05-25-2015 02:54 PM
  12. tangledW's Avatar
    I say go for it and keep semi-autonomous, keeping the name but running Windows.
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    05-25-2015 03:00 PM
  13. pgg101's Avatar
    yes only because I want a W10 Passport device.
    I could live with a QNX to Win10 free upgrade as long as they improve the email client from 8.1. BB10 is much better IMHO.

    Posted via the Windows Central App for Android on my BlackBerry Passport
    05-25-2015 04:09 PM
  14. xandros9's Avatar
    I like Blackberry 10 so I hope not.
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    05-25-2015 05:41 PM
  15. YanivC's Avatar
    When you say the mail client, youre talking about the UI/UX I am assuming and not the actual behavior. I say this because email on 8.1 is excellent, but I would I agree the UI/UX is lacking.
    05-25-2015 05:52 PM
  16. pgg101's Avatar
    When you say the mail client, youre talking about the UI/UX I am assuming and not the actual behavior. I say this because email on 8.1 is excellent, but I would I agree the UI/UX is lacking.
    Yes, the UI/UX.

    Posted via the Windows Central App for Android on my BlackBerry Passport
    05-25-2015 08:07 PM
  17. fatclue_98's Avatar
    Nothing but rumor aimed at manipulating the price of the stock. Fairfax Holdings rejected Samsung's $7.5B offer last year and that was before 2 consecutive positive earnings reports. BB share prices are up and we're supposed to believe they'll let it go for $500 million less? Not.

    I don't doubt there's something in the works somewhere since BB announced a buyback for the next 12 months. That'll make their balance sheet look even better and perhaps drive the sale price even higher. One of 2 things is going to happen: Microsoft (or someone else) is going to overpay dearly for BlackBerry or Chen continues putting Humpty BlackBerry back together again.
    05-25-2015 09:44 PM
  18. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I don't see Microsoft buying BlackBerry. Microsoft still isn't making any money from the Nokia purchase.

    I also don't see Apple or Google buying BlackBerry. BlackBerry doesn't fit into Apple's business model, and Apple already has a partnership with IBM for enterprise apps. Google didn't keep Motorola very long, so I don't see Google buying another smartphone OEM.
    fatclue_98, neo158, tgp and 3 others like this.
    05-25-2015 10:17 PM
  19. vEEP pEEP's Avatar
    BB holds a lot of patents. It is an under valued company. As a handset manufacturer - well - they are not doing so well. They will never catch up.

    However, MS bought Nokia - not a lot happened there.

    Nobody else is running to buy BB either. I think it will sputter and fail - and new innovation will replace it's remnants.

    I still like BB and what they did - but like Nokia, they rested on their laurels and got it fed to them.
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    05-25-2015 10:27 PM
  20. Spectrum90's Avatar
    BlackBerry is overvalued. BB10 sucks. Nobody use BBM. Enterprises are moving away from BES. QNX is the only division doing well but it's impossible to make money selling an operating system. BlackBerry is not making much money from patents.

    $7 billion is too generous.
    05-25-2015 11:07 PM
  21. xandros9's Avatar
    BB10 sucks. Nobody use BBM.
    You do realize that's practically what people say about Windows Phone as well, right?
    05-25-2015 11:27 PM
  22. Spectrum90's Avatar
    You do realize that's practically what people say about Windows Phone as well, right?
    How does that change things for BlackBerry?
    05-25-2015 11:36 PM
  23. Great deal's Avatar
    Its all about Patents these days, Microsoft is one of the largest technology Patent owners out there, if you look at Apple they are nowhere in comparison. The only value BB has is in their IP and the question is, is it that IP worth the cost to MS? yes then go ahead and stick Elop in there to drive the price down and shape it for acquisition :P
    05-26-2015 12:58 AM
  24. neo158's Avatar
    Not buy but maybe enter into an agreement to bring apps and games across as native BB10 apps.
    05-26-2015 02:41 AM
  25. Jazmac's Avatar
    I don't think so. It would be perfect for sprint. They got radio shack recently, this would fit their business model...such as it is. lol
    05-26-2015 08:06 AM
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