I’m not telling you something you do not already know here. The Fact that Google has been developing its Android platform for so-called gPhones, was the only proof needed to tell you where the web’s biggest company sees the future. It is not the only one. Apple of course has demonstrated with the iphone that people do like the idea of the internet in their pocket.
So, with Apple and Google already moving ahead, all eyes have turned to Microsoft. The already product a mobile platform of their own, but they know it is one that faces serious competition from an open source Android, and the re-launched and re-focussed Symbian (now owned by Nokia). So, it comes as no surprise that Microsoft is now being mentioned as a possible buyer for Blackberry maker, RIM. It would certainly be a good move for the Redmond giant, and one they could probably finance, but only if it has given up on Yahoo!.
Yahoo! and AOL are currently rumoured to be trying to thrash out a deal that will see the two companies merge. Even if this happens, I am not convinced this would even protect the combined entity being a target itself for takeover, and if you believe that the future is mobile, then you have to believe that not only will it still look attractive to the likes of Microsoft, but also to the likes of Nokia - who will want to to try and stake a claim to the desktop via their mobile platform, as there seems little doubt that Nokia now sees Microsoft and Google as its main competitors - a view argued well earlier this year by Stephen Wellman