Since I left Microsoft earlier this year, I’ve been having an on-going debate with an ex-colleague and friend of mine Lyndon. At Cisco we believe in providing a ubiquitous service across multiple devices, whether it be MAC, PC, iPhone, Android or Blackberry. Microsoft are talking about using their Skype acquisition to reach their Lync offering into iPhone and Android; but not Blackberry. Lyndon rightly said that Android was killing Blackberry and there was no reason to support it; another reason Microsoft is mainly focusing on Android is probably because due to their percentage share of sales due to patent agreements.
I first had a Blackberry about 8years ago, I loved the phone with his roller navigation. I have two mobile phones now, a Blackberry for business and my iPhone for personal. To be fair to Blackberry, I bought the iPhone when I was at Microsoft as my work Windows Mobile was awful and my Windows Phone 7 felt a bit Fisher Price. At Cisco, they allow you a choice of Phones to have, unfortunately my boss signed me up for Blackberry….it’s awful
So Blackberry used to be good, but is now falling way short of what Businesses and Consumers want. The employees love the company but feel that the Management are leading them down the wrong path; open letters have been written to the Board that seems to have fallen on deaf ears. Is there a way out to save the company?