Microsoft and Nokia reportedly mulled over an idea of making a joint bid for Research in Motion (RIM), according to reports.
Microsoft, Nokia and RIM executives reportedly met regularly to discuss closer partnerships and the mobile industry. The Wall Street Journal claims the status of the talks is unclear but that informal discussions took place between executives. RIM has been struggling to ease investor confidence as the company’s stock has continued to slip during 2011. If the rumors of talks are genuine then it highlights how difficult RIM is finding the mobile market this year.
Microsoft and RIM announced in May that Bing would become the default search engine for BlackBerry devices. The partnership is a deep one and involves Bing being integrated at the operating system level. The integration includes location based services too. Bing is the preferred search provider in the browser and Bing is the default search and map application for new BlackBerry devices. Bing also shipped as the default search experience and map app for the BlackBerry PlayBook. The interface is based on the company’s Metro UI style as seen in Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 devices.
RIM struggled with a three-day service outage in October. BlackBerry BES and BIS services were impacted in Europe, Middle East, India and Africa on October 10, 11 and 12. The outage also spread to the U.S., Canada and Latin America, preventing users from receiving mail, BBM messages and surfing the internet.