Is Research In Motion In Play?
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A couple of new mobile security applications for the BlackBerry OS were released Wednesday but the wireless industry is probably more intrigued by persistent rumors that Microsoft might be looking to snap up Research In Motion. Enterprise Mobile Today takes a closer look at the scuttlebutt as well as the new security apps.
Two new BlackBerry applications issued today are aimed at helping mobile IT with wireless security and mobile device management issues relating to the BlackBerry OS. But that's not the only news pertaining to Waterloo that's grabbing headlines --the mobile rumor mill spews forth on the possibility of Microsoft buying Research In Motion.
Fiberlink today introduced MaaS360 Visibility Service for Handhelds, a subscription-based service that provides mobile enterprises with the tools needed to oversee BlackBerry devices. The new "mobility-as-a-service" extends the companys MaaS360 platform to include handheld mobile devices in addition to existing desktop, laptop, Macintosh, USB and netbook reporting.
Meanwhile, as Microsoft's mobile market share continues to tank, the software giant may be taking the "if you can't beat them, buy them" approach as rumors of Microsoft scooping up RIM make the rounds.
The mobile rumor mill this week amped up the possibility of Microsoft buying RIM after it was announced that Ballmer is to personally host Microsoft's press conference during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week.