“Microsoft will invest in the BlackBerry platform from Research in Motion, becoming the default search provider in BlackBerry browsers and maps, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said during a surprise keynote appearance at BlackBerry World today,” Matt Hamblen reports for Computerworld.
Hamblen reports, “A video during the keynote showed BlackBerry voice search also using Bing, according to live bloggers. Gartner analyst Michael Gartenberg tweeted the news on Bing’s becoming the default search engine on the BlackBerry. Later, Gartenberg tweeted: ‘Wonder how much MSFT paid for that Bing deal?’ Microsoft’s partnership with Nokia, reported in February, cost Microsoft more than $1 billion by comparison, according to reports.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Yet another reason not to buy a BlackBerry. So, how much could it cost to be the default search and map provider on a dying platform? Hopefully RIM’s delusional two-headed CEO soaked Monkey Boy to the utmost. NHL teams cost money, you know. Next, Balmy will approach Sony Ericsson to join his kept coalition of Apple roadkill.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “floydpinks” for the heads up.]