Eating blackberries is easy; but eating BlackBerry would be more challenging.
That was the conclusion of one analyst commenting on the rumors this week
that Microsoft might be thinking of buying BlackBerry-maker RIM. Barry
Richards of Paradigm Capital in Toronto told The Canadian Press that, in view
of RIM's colossal $50BN market cap, "We are running out of possible acquirors
and we are now left with Cisco, Microsoft, IBM and maybe Nokia."
RIM reported first-quarter revenue in June of more than $1BN for the first
time ever, while net profits jumped 73% to $232.2M, making the Canadian
high-tech company a very big mouthful for anyone else to swallow. (20%over
Microsoft's own market cap, for example.)
Gartner's Ken Dulaney called the Microsoft acquisition rumors "stupid" and
said he would give it "zero possibility" when asked by a reporter.
Neither RIM nor Microsoft is ... (more)
RIM announced plans to expand its support for Windows Mobile-based devices
with a new software application suite that will enable devices from
third-party manufacturers to benefit from the popular BlackBerry software
applications and services. RIM plans to begin offering the new software
application suite later this year for select devices based on Windows Mobile
6. Once installed, the software will provide users with a virtual BlackBerry
application experience, including support for BlackBerry email, phone,
calendar, address book, tasks, memos, browser, instant messaging and oth... (more)
(April 16, 2003) - System administrators and other IT staff can now securely
access their servers and networks from RIM's Java-based BlackBerry handhelds,
using NeedTEXT Shell software from Epoch Integration Inc.
NeedTEXT Shell software operating on the BlackBerry wireless platform
provides a behind-the-firewall solution that enables the handheld to securely
access a command-line interface, allowing IT users to manage servers,
routers, and other network equipment. Administrators can use all of their
standard command-line tools such as telnet, SSH, and FTP, to detect,
diagnose, an... (more)
(March 26, 2002) - The wisdom of developing handheld devices based on truly
global standards like Java - and GPRS - is being demonstrated dramatically in
the case of Waterloo, Ontario-based Research in Motion, known simply as "RIM"
to anyone who already loves the company's BlackBerry wireless e-mail device.
In an announcement timed to please Sun Microsystems as much as Hong
Kong-based Hutchison Telecommunications, the world has learned this week (the
week of JavaOne in San Francisco) that Hutchison Telecom is to be the first
mobile operator anywhere in Asia to offer the BlackBerry ... (more)
(September 11, 2003) - Research In Motion (RIM) has announced the
availability of its S/MIME Support Package v1.5 for BlackBerry. This software
add-on product provides S/MIME (Secure Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions)
support for Java-based BlackBerry handhelds and is now commercially available
to all government and corporate customers.
"S/MIME support is an important purchasing requirement for many of our
customers including the U.S. Department of Defense," said Don Morrison, chief
operating officer at Research In Motion. "With the availability of S/MIME
support for Java-bas... (more)