Rumour: Microsoft looking to take a 50% stake in RIM

The persistent rumour has surfaced once again of Microsoft looking to invest in Canadian telecom company RIM.

Fuelled by a post on finance site, the rumour  simply states:

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.

$3.5 billion would be about 50% of the current $6.85 billion market cap of RIM, and would presumably give Microsoft a controlling stake in the company.

The rumour has found some support at Financial Post, but then they do note it has been around for ages already. Microsoft and RIM are already working closely together, with Bing for example being the default search engine on Blackberry handsets.

As we have seen however from Nokia, simply getting a company to transition to Windows Phone does not instantly or automatically give you their market share, and it seems at this stage investing in Windows Phone development and promotion would be a more profitable route.

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