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Microsoft plans to acquire at least half of the Canadian IT company Research in Motion (RIM) which is responsible for the creation of one of the most popular cell phone devices – the BlackBerry. The rumours that Microsoft is considering the possibility of purchasing RIM shouldn’t come as a big surprise, especially since there were rumours that Microsoft and Nokia both, in partnership, intended to buy the canadian company back in 2011. If Microsoft buy 50% of RIM, then it would have controlling stake in the company.
The rumoured purchase of the 50% of the stakes of RIM is going to cost Microsoft $3.5 billion but this shouldn’t worry the IT giant too much, after all Microsoft purchased the company that created Skype not long ago for over $8 billion and besides that just few days ago Microsoft spent $1 billion to acquire over 750 different patents from AOL. It seems that Microsoft don’t mind to splash big money around for expensive, but lucrative purchases.
The rumours that Microsoft plans to acquire half of RIM are also strengthened by the fact that the Canadian government recently approved the possible acquisition of the Canadian cell phone manufacturer by foreign investors. However, Microsoft isn’t the only company with aspirations towards RIM – Cisco is also rumoured as a pontential buyer of the struggling company which created the BlackBerry phones.