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With a software update early this summer, the iPhone will become more like an iBlackBerry. The hitherto consumer-oriented gadget will then be able to integrate with Microsoft
The fact that Microsoft stepped in to provide some of the essential tools is surprising: This might be the first time the two Steves (Ballmer and Jobs) step onto the battlefield as brothers in arms rather than bitter enemies. And you might remember the brouhaha between Apple and Cisco Systems
Steve Jobs is putting his tasty apple pie right next to the blackberry cobbler at a time when RIM is moving in the other direction. The BlackBerry Pearl and Curve models are overt advances into consumer territory, and while they're nowhere near as mind-blowingly cool as the iPhone's endless touchscreen interface, they are compromises between what business needs and what entertainment wants. But you can't help but think that it's easier to teach the iPhone to do enterprise tricks than it is to give the BlackBerry a truly stylish makeover.
The distinction between the two leading smartphones thusly blurs a bit more, and nobody knows how phones based on the Google
Consider the opening gong struck. The battle royale over every kind of mobile device user is on. Whoever wins, the BlackBerry has never looked as firmly destined to sink in commoditization quicksand as it does today -- and that's saying something. Way to go, Steve and Steve.
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