RIM has one card left to play and that is the release of its next-generation OS, BlackBerry 10, not due until the first quarter of 2013. That may be too little, too late. Between now and then, Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 will be available, as will a boatload of new Windows 8 smartphones, tablets and ultrabooks.
Is stepping ahead of a company in shambles a victory for Microsoft? Yes. But Microsoft will still be a million miles behind industry kingpins Android and iPhone with no track record of being able to compete with the market's elite.
However, given all the aggressive product releases Microsoft has planned for the next two months, laying claim as the new number three in mobile is definitely a step in the right direction.
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