RESEARCH IN MOTION (RIM) could ditch Blackberry 10 in favour of Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 operating system, Reuters reports, in order to survive in the smartphone industry.
Earlier today, RIM announced a disastrous $518m net loss and disappointed its loyal user base with the news that its Blackberry 10 operating system has seen further delays and now won't be released until next year.
However, a Reuters report cites "three sources familiar with the situation" and says RIM might abandon its next but as-yet unreleased mobile operating system in favour of Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 operating system.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer reportedly has approached the Canadian Blackberry maker, hoping to strike a partnership with the firm like that it already has with Nokia.
Reuters also reports that RIM might also be considering selling its network to a private equity firm or technology company, which could go on to open up the firm's operating centres to other, more successful smartphone and mobile telecommunications providers.
However, in a statement released on Thursday, RIM CEO Thorston Heins remained determinedly optimistic about the future of Blackberry 10. He said, "I am confident that the first Blackberry 10 smartphones will provide a ground-breaking next-generation smartphone user experience."
"The reception of the Blackberry 10 platform by our key carrier partners has been very positive and they are looking forward to going to market with Blackberry 10 smartphones in the first quarter of calendar 2013."
RIM and Microsoft were unavailable for comment at the time of writing. µ
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