In an aggressive move aimed at wooing the millions of smartphone users who would be interested in owning a BlackBerry -- just not all
the time -- RIM will be releasing an innovative piece of software that allows its OS to run inside Windows Mobile 6
. To many cellphone addicts this news is the equivalent of Parallels
opening up Windows on Apple machines, as Pocket PC phones will not simply be skinned or loaded with BlackBerry Connect
, but rather endowed with the full capabilities of a standalone BlackBerry -- including the ability to run third party programs. While so far the virtualization software -- slated for drop this fall, possibly free with subscription -- will only work on Crossbow
, it's possible that the company could decide to support other platforms in the future, such as the Palm OS or its Linux-based successor
, though no promises have been made. Bottom line is that this looks to be good news all around: RIM gets more unsuspecting users hooked on the Crackberry mentality, consumers can now have the best of both worlds when it comes to hardware / software combos, and even old Microsoft may come out on top, with the new members of the WinMo ecosystem potentially outweighing the flight from Exchange servers.