Linked by Howard Fosdick on Thu 29th Aug 2013 03:50 UTC
QNX According to a Computerworld article, BlackBerry is exploring putting itself up for sale, as the company falls into 4th place in the mobile market. IDC statistics that show Android leads the mobile market with nearly 80%, iOS has 13.2%, Windows Phone 3.7%, and BlackBerry 2.9%. Gartner analyst Bill Menezes states that even new ownership is "not going to address how the company restores itself."

One key asset BlackBerry owns is QNX, the real-time based OS it bought in 2010. QNX is microkernel based, versus the monolithic kernel used by many OS's like Linux. BlackBerry bases its tablet and phone OS's on QNX, which also remains a popular commercial OS for embedded systems.
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RE[2]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Fri 30th Aug 2013 13:51 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Nelson"
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In that case they would be just another Microsoft OEM battling with Nokia over the little interest consumers have shown Windows Phone, while being dependant on cash from redmond.

A possibility, but also a possibility is that they could've grown their own share apart from Nokia. The market is certainly big enough for both Nokia to sell and for BBRY to sell. Especially if they targeted different segments of the market.

Its impossible to know now things would've actually turned out, but I don't think it could've been much worse or tragic than this.

Microsoft on the other hand would assimilate blackberry technologies to improve their own services. I'm not sure that's so much better.

BBRY technologies like BES would almost certainly be phased out in favor of EAS. One could argue maybe BBM could've been integrated when it mattered, but I'm not really sure it does.

Those two things aside its unclear to me what BBRY could bring to the table, this would more than likely have been a greater benefit to BBRY than to MSFT.

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