With regards to Google, Microsoft and Apple they are all doing very well, but it wasn't always this way. I am old enough to have seen the rise fall and rise of Apple. They nearly went Bankrupt and were saved by an investment by Microsoft. ITunes brings in a load of money for Apple just by being a distributing software and music. Microsoft took out a lot of companies, but made the big money by providing software to many computer companies, much as Google is doing now with Android. RIM is different, they manufacture the phones, and develop the OS which they tried to keep secure for their main base the business market. It is very difficult to compete with companies that have money to burn. I would also worry about takeovers, patent suits, and destruction of competition. We have seen it in the auto industry, we have seen small shops go under, and we will see companies in the tech industry go away. Every time this happens your capability to chose will be eroded. Yes the Iphone and Ipad are solid systems, but I want to be able to decide what I want to use. If RIM gets sold how long will they stay in business. HP kept their plans under wraps then closed things down. I want to see other tablets out there, in theory it should force innovation for competition. When I lived in the Far East there were so many computer makers to choose from. Here in the west you can probably count them on one hand
So I say keep on rolling RIM fight hard and keep inventing, you may not have Android or IOS but the Playbook is solid and is a good OS, the phones are secure and do what they were built for well. Maybe I am a dinosaur, but the phones do what I want, work everywhere I travel (worldwide) in temperatures of over 40 C to -40C in deserts and high humidity, continue working when I drop them. These things don't show in the statistics.
Love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful, and optimistic. And we will change the world. - Jack Layton (1950-2011)
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