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Microsoft and RIM Form Partnership, Bring Bing to RIM Devices

Steve Ballmer took the stage at BlackBerry World this morning to announce that Bing would be the default search engine and maps service in BlackBerry devices. Search will be integrated at the OS level, and will be the option, rather than just an option (not to say you couldn’t download an app with a different type of search). Bing on BlackBerry will also have features such as location-aware and voice searching.

Bing is a Microsoft product. Recently, RIM announced that its PlayBook tablet would be running Android applications, made by Google. It appears that what RIM may be doing to survive, is to simply parter up with those companies who have surpassed it in device sales.

Are there any BlackBerry fans out there? What do you think about Bing coming to BlackBerry? Or Android apps being available on the PlayBook? Do you think it’s good RIM is joining forces with others?

Emily Price

Emily has been obsessed with computers since the early 80s when she discovered she could play Ghostbusters on her father's Commodore 64. She...