Want to see another high-profile hardware deal in the Windows Phone world? In case the world's former top-dog in the mobile phone market wasn't enough ammunition on Microsoft's side, Reuters is reporting that the company is also trying to get Research In Motion on the bandwagon. It's said that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has personally approached the firm in order to form an agreement.
If the name sounds a little familiar, that's the Canadian hardware and software house behind BlackBerry smartphones which could be a huge asset to Microsoft. So why would the company consider making a move with Metro? Simply put, the-other-fruit-company finds itself in a situation very similar to Nokia's a year ago. Their phones have lost consumer appeal, their next-generation devices have been delayed to next year, and they've begun extreme layoffs. Of course, Nokia is still in a declining state of its own but that's more to do with the fact that Microsoft doesn't seem intent to market Windows Phone on its own until later this year.
If you've been paying attention like we have, Microsoft already has a deal with RIM for its BlackBerry devices to integrate Bing services so the two corporations already have an existing relationship in mobile. Whether that means we'll see a more extensive partnership formed or not remains to be seen.
What do you think, Team WPD? Would you buy a BlackBerry running Windows Phone 8?