RIM may not know they are dead already.
Microsoft has said from the start they want Windows Phone 7 to be the third major ecosystem, and it seems, slowly but surely, they are winning over the market to the idea.
Michael Walkley and Matthew Ramsay of Canaccord Genuity have released a ratherÂ pessimisticÂ report on RIM, noting despiteÂ strong initial demand for the refreshed Torch and Bold modelsÂ â€œThese new products have not altered trends of ongoing consumer share losses.”
â€œWith our checks indicated increased carrier support and [manufacturer] focus on [Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Phone 7] as a third competitive smartphone ecosystem versus [Google Inc.’s Android] and [Apple’s iOS], we believe RIM with its QNX strategy faces a steep uphill climb to regain consumer mindshare,â€ they concluded.
Nokia has itself abandoned their Symbian and Meego efforts to place their ecosystem bets on a more complete and competitive solution like Windows Phone 7, and Achim Berg from Microsoft has recently said the prediction of 20% market share in 2015 may be “conservative.”
RIM on the other hand has recently been urged by share holders to sell off its patent trove as a way to raise capital and share holder value, a clear sign of lack of confidence in the ability of the company to execute now and in the future.
Read more at the Financial Post here.