Rumor: Microsoft Interested in a 50% Stake of RIM

If this turns out to be true, it could be an interesting turn for Microsoft and Research in Motion. Financial site has posted the following:

Hearing Renewed Chatter of Microsoft Interest in Research in Motion Acquisition

The Rumor:
Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT)is prepared to make a $3.5 billion investment in Research in Motion (NASDAQ: RIMM), according to sources. The two companies have been frequently mentioned in potential deals over the past few months.

With an investment of $3.5 billion, Microsoft would own around 50% of RIM’s assets, meaning it could potentially turn BlackBerry handsets into Windows Phones if it wanted. Of course, a buy out rumor has been circling around the heads of RIM like a vulture, with some attributing it to Microsoft, Apple, Google, and even Amazon.

Still, engineers and RIMs patents in the mobile market could be enough for Microsoft to consider this, much as Google bought Motorola for the same reasons. I suppose we’ll wait and see if anything comes of this.

[via WMPU]

  • What they need is to buy out HP Touch Pad division. Just to have all losers. They do have Nokia, Skype on their team already.

    It will be epic!