Research in Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) shareholders are desperate. They are grasping for any possible shred of hope after watching a business empire fall for all the reasons every empire falls.
Now, Bloomberg is out with some absurd story about how Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) should gallop to RIMM’s rescue. Please. Microsoft is already linking up with also-ran Nokia (NYSE:NOK). Why would they buy a hardware maker when they are a software and media company? Not smart.
What would be smart, however, is Research in Motion teaming up with Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) to run the Android OS. That’s a low risk, insanely low cost proposition for both companies. RIMM could also launch a few Windows based phones to test the market.
Other than that, Microsoft should be heads down focusing on winning brands like Facebook, Xbox and Bing (See “Here’s Why Microsoft MUST Rebrand as Bing Now“). They should be competing hard to be a long term player in the cloud with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN). But whatever happens, if Microsoft bought RIMM it would be the business equivalent of walking to the end of a pier, putting on lead boots, and jumping in.