The on-again off-again rumor that Microsoft might be considering a possible Research In Motion acquisition is starting regain momentum. Recent claims by Benzinga state that the the software giant is ready to make a $3.5 billion investment in the troubled BlackBerry maker. If this rumor were to pan out, such an investment would result in Microsoft becoming a large stakeholder in the company.
Microsoft is likely interested in RIM to get a hold of patents and to sink its teeth into the Waterloo-based company’s enterprise market. It certainly wouldn’t hurt for Microsoft to knock out a competitor in an effort to boost Windows Phone’s market share, but Amazon, Facebook, Nokia and Samsung may also have eyes on a potential investment. We’re filing this one away as a rumor until we hear official word from either company.