to a Reuters report, Research in Motion (RIM), you know - the maker of
BlackBerry devices, shares rose more than 3 percent on Thursday on renewed
market speculation that Microsoft Corp could be interested in buying the
According to speculation, Microsoft might be interested in RIM in response to
Google's recent announcement that it is interested in making its own mobile
phone operating system, which would compete with Windows Mobile.
"Microsoft has been mentioned as a possible buyer," said Frederic Ruffy,
an analyst at options education firm Optionetics in California.
RIM shares were up 3.35 percent at US$ 84.59 in midday trading after posting a
new high of US$ 85. Some option traders appeared to be betting that the stock's
strength could continue.
"I've seen the rumors on RIM and there has been interest in the
front-month calls, which allow investors to buy RIM shares at US$ 80 all the
way to US$ 93.375 a piece," said Rebecca Engmann Darst, an equity options
analyst at Interactive Brokes Group in Connecticut.
A rumor is a rumor is a rumor and I don't see the value for Microsoft at all.
Compared to RIM's BlackBerry OS, Windows Mobile is much stronger and flexible
and if one thing is clear, then it's the fact that Google will be definitely
addressing the consumer and prosumer, not the corporate market RIM addresses
with the BlackBerry.
Also I don't see any value for the Exchange product group if Microsoft takes
over RIM since the latest Exchange versions (2003 with the push E-Mail feature
pack and Exchange 2007) can do nearly everything RIM offers as well.
Cheers ~ Arne