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Microsoft-BlackBerry buyout may be in the works

by Jacob Kleinman | May 22, 2015May 22, 2015 11:00 am PDT

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It’s been a while since we heard any news about a potential BlackBerry sale, but a new report suggests multiple companies may be interested in acquiring the Canadian phone-maker. According to DigiTimes, Microsoft and a number of Chinese firms are all eyeing BlackBerry after its recent return to profitability.

The Chinese news site, which we should note doesn’t really have the best track record, claims that Xiaomi, Lenovo and Huawei are all considering an investment in BlackBerry. Meanwhile, Microsoft has apparently hired an outside firm to determine whether a buyout makes sense. BlackBerry’s business-focused services could potentially help Windows fight off growing competition in the enterprise market from Google and Apple.

As for these Chinese firms, a deal seems pretty unlikely. Lenovo allegedly came pretty close to buying BlackBerry back in 2013 before it was blocked by the Canadian government over security concerns. We don’t see why a similar strategy would do any better two years later.

It’s also unclear whether BlackBerry has any interest in selling. The company has made solid progress in the last few years. Accepting a buyout now might feel like giving up after all that work, though it may also be the phone-maker’s best chance to get a good deal.

We’ll keep an eye out for any more news surrounding these BlackBerry buyout rumors, though for now we wouldn’t take them too seriously.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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