"Blackberry loses possible dance partner"
Give me a break. With next to no marketing and less device manufacturing support Blackberry has as much market penetration as Windows phone does...
So Microsoft buys Nokia because Elop was sent into Nokia by Microsoft to decimate shareholder value so they could buy the handset company for $7.2 Billion which hardly seems like a deal.
I like Blackberry's chances of not getting bought out and just being a player by themselves. As far as governments go, they could care less about Apps. They want a secure network with superior functionality.
No, it's a simple fact: with MSFT's purchase of NOK, MSFT is ruled out as a potential bidder for BBRY. That's what the headline meant, that's undeniably true, and if you find it laughable then you're an idiot.
I remember this was a funny place. By the way, even Microsoft is whacking down blackberrys. Should be easy to find this:
"That head start let Microsoft mop up customers who might have gone to BlackBerry 10.
You can also see it in market share in markets like Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand where Windows Phone now has 20 percent of the market; Indonesia is a former BlackBerry stronghold where Android only passed BlackBerry's 50 percent market share in late 2012. In the UK, Windows Phone is growing almost as fast as BlackBerry is declining; Kantar says the Windows Phone 8.6 percent share of sales in Q2 2013 is a 4.1 percentage point increase over Q2 2012, with BlackBerry dropping 6.5 points to 4.1 percent. In France it's BlackBerry down 7.4 points, Windows Phone up 6.7 points to 9 percent. The 22.9 percentage points BlackBerry lost in Mexico went mostly to Android but Windows Phone gained 5.1 points for a 7 percent share of sales. Even in the US, where Windows Phone struggles the most, Windows Phone now has the 4 percent sales share that BlackBerry had in Q2 2012 and BlackBerry has fallen to a painful 1.1 percent.
Overall, BlackBerry share is dropping — from 6.8 percent of worldwide sales in Q1 2012 to 3 percent in Q1 2013 — while Windows Phone share is rising — from 1.9 percent to 2.9 percent over the same year"
BBRY never lost the govt business and they still can't generate a dime of profit after slashing billions in costs and thousands of Canadian jobs.
So how is being a niche govt provider going to cause the stock to rise for you?