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Microsoft Corp.’s purchase of Nokia Corp.’s mobile handset business finally puts to restone of the most persistent rumours in the technology industry over the pastcouple of years. Microsoft is extremely unlikely to have much interest in buyingBlackBerry Ltd., Canada’s struggling mobile device maker,now that the software company is taking almost total control of the WindowsPhone ecosystem wi michael kors purses outlet th its $7.2-billion (U.S.) purchase of Nokia’s smartphoneoperations.More Rel michael kors outlet canada ated to this StoryCellphone fees may creep higher now that Verizon isn’t coming to CanadaThe Nokia deal: Microsoft’s last shot at a mobile futureMicrosoft deal squeezes Nokia short sellersBlackBerry’s offices in Waterloo, Ontario, Aug. 12, 2013.for The Globe and MailMarket ViewVideo: Market View: What's left for BlackBerry after the Microsoft-Nokia deal?The Microsoft logo is seen at their offices in Buch michael kors outlet online arest March 20, 2013.REUTERSMarket ViewVideo: Market View: A new day in wireless: Microsoft buys, Verizon bows outThere was a time, in era of the GSM phone networks, that Nokia was synonymous with cellphones. Its distinctive oblong shape ruled the pockets, purses and desk drawers of the world’s mobile phone users.AFPIn PicturesThe good, the bad and the ugly history of Nokia phonesNokia smartphones.REUTERSVideoVideo: Nokia to sell phone business to MicrosoftBlackBerry has essentially been looking for a buyer since the michael kors sale summer, when itannounced it had formed a committee to explore all options to revive itsbusiness – including an outright sale. For years, michael kors outlet montreal Microsoft has surfaced as apotential buyer, in large part because the company has a mobile operating systemthat received critical praise (if not much consumer adoption) but has neverbuilt a commercially successful smartphone. With BlackBerry’s technology,Microsoft would gain reliable hardware and a foothold in the enterprise sector,where most businesses still use Windows-based computers.But engineers who worked at both companies have long cautioned that aMicrosoft-BlackBerry alliance would be technically challenging. BlackBerry’shardware and software products – built at a time when there were essentially noother players in the smartphone industry – were never designed to play well withoutside systems. This is partly why the company had such a hard time integratingtechnology from its subsidiary QNX into the core BlackBerry operating system,leading to multiple delays in the launch of the BlackBerry 10 devices. Tointegrate BlackBerry into the Windows ecosystem, Microsoft would have likelyfaced similar technical hurdles.With Finland-based Nokia, few such hurdles exist. For years, Nokia hasessentially worked in lockstep with Microsoft. The Nokia-built Lumia phone lineis by far the best-selling Windows-based device in the world (although that’spartly due to the very limited success of all other Windows-based phones).For BlackBerry, the deal means the race for third place in the smartphoneindustry just got tougher.Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia’s phone business gives the Canadian company yetanother multifaceted tech giant to compete against. Many of the BlackBerrycustomers who have left for Apple and Google products in the past few years havedone so because those companies already provide them with everything fromlaptops to online media stores to e-mail services. Now, Microsoft joins theranks of those companies from which consumers can purchase almost all theircommunication and entertainment products.By taking control of the phone-building business, Microsoft is now able tooffer a complete ecosystem, similar to those offered by Apple and Google. Likethose companies, Microsoft can leverage a variety of hardware and softwareofferings that work well together, such as Windows PCs, Lumia smartphones, theXbox gaming system and myriad programs, such as Office and Outlook.“The sale of Nokia’s mobile phone business demonstrates conclusively the needfor major consumer technology vendors to create ever deeper and wider offeringsto consumers and ecosystem participants in terms of their device, platform andservice offerings,” said Tony Cripps, principal device analyst at London-basedresearch fi michael kors handbags outlet online rm Ovum. “This approach is no longer simply an option but aprerequisite to competing successfully in this highly converged market.”Even though BlackBerry’s current user base remains very large, Windows-baseddevices recently took over third place in U.S. consumer smartphone market share,far behind Apple and Samsung.However, Microsoft has shown a tolerance for short-term pain in pursuit ofwider market share gains. For years, the company reportedly lost money everytime it sold an Xbox. Over time, the ga michael kors handbags outlet ming system became a living room staplefor millions of consumers, and eventually served as a hub from which Microsoftlaunched a massive digital storefront.BlackBerry shares inched upward on Tuesday to $10.75. The company’s shareprice jumped to almost $12 in mid-August, after it announced a committee toexplore all possible options, including going private or putting itself up forsale, but michael kors handbag outlet has given up almost all those gains in the three weeks since.Although it appears less likely than ever that Microsoft would have anyinterest in buying BlackBerry after the Nokia purchase, there is still a chanceit could be interested in part of the Canadian company. Should rumours thatBlackBerry is thinking of spinning off one or more of its divisions prove true,Microsoft may still be interested in making a bid for BlackBerry’s patents, orits popular BlackBerry Messenger software.Still, as it stands, almost all signs indicate that, if Microsoft was everinterested in buying BlackBerry, it isn’t any more.SecurityPriceChangeMSFT-QMicrosoft31.195-0.685-2.149%Add to watchlistGOOG-QGoogle871.63411.2541.308%Add to watchlistNOK-NNokia5.330.214.102%Add to watchlistBB-TBlackBerry Limited11.280.534.93%Add to watchlistBB-TGOOG-QMSFT-QNOK-NLive Discussion of BB on StockTwitsMore Discussion on BB-TLive Discussion of GOOG on StockTwitsMore Discussion on GOOG-QLive Discussion of MSFT on StockTwitsMore Discussion on MSFT-QLive Discussion of NOK on StockTwitsMore Discussion on NOK-NMore Related to this StorySCOTT BARLOWNokia deal doesn’t change much for BlackBerryWho will get the 'smartwatch' right?BlackBerry can survive as niche player, director says