The overly philanthropic and highly caring Microsoft corporation, having noticed the frustration of Research in Motion’s Blackberry users, has extended a helping hand to them. According to Windows Phone evangelist Ben Rudolph, Microsoft has 25 Windows Phones to give away to Blackberry users.
#DearBlackberry users, Frustrated with your BB? Tell me why you want to upgrade to a #windowsphone – I’ve got 25 to give away.
How do you qualify? Well Rudolph says just tell him why you’d want to upgrade to a Windows Phone. Yup. Simple as that. So if you’re a frustrated Blackberry user, this might be your chance to jump ship…
Update: Reuters reports that RIM has began handing out layoff notices to its employees. No specific numbers have yet been given and no official comments yet from the company.
Seesmic, makers of the popular social media client on the various smarphone platforms has announced a discontinuation of development for their app for the Blackberry platform effective 30th June.
The reason given is to “focus development efforts on our most popular mobile platforms: Android, iOS and Windows Phone 7″ and they are encouraging those affected by this change to “try out Seesmic for Android, iOS and Windows Phone 7, as well as Seesmic Desktop and Web.”
It’s not clear from the announcement if they mean platforms on which their clients are popular or platforms that are popular with consumers. If it’s the second case, then it’s really amazing how Windows Phone 7 can possibly be more popular than Blackberry.
This move, depending on how you look at it, may be a sign of what’s to come and in store for RIM in terms of developers. It could be the beginning of a developer exodus away from Blackberry giving its increasingly declining market share to Android and the iPhone.
Or it could just be Seesmic does not deem it justified to spend resources to develop further for the platform because it’s user base there is very negligible. Either way, this move does not come at the right time for the not so happy Research in Motion.
Much has been written about Research in Motion, makers of the Blackberry line of smartphones in recent months. Most of these posts are very gloomy and talk about the impending “doom” of the company in the wake of the rapidly increasing popularity of its rivals iPhone and Android line of phones.
Business Insider has a very interesting piece by an “insider” that gives a detailed view inside the minds of the people running Canada’s pride.
But issues such as these are merely symptoms of what are arguably deeper, cultural issues. RIM’s failure to understand the consumer market from product, to messaging, to platform, and it goes right to the top. Despite the deep respect I have for the co-CEO’s of RIM, and their world-class strength in some areas – they are very weak in others. The problem is that they brim with hubris regarding their success in the corporate market and are culturally blind to the gaping holes in their armour regarding consumer. They honestly think they understand consumer product, business, mentality, marketing – but they really don’t.
It’s a very interesting piece albeit from an unamed “insider” that gives a glimpse of what’s happening inside the walls of the home of the Blackberry device.