The company said that starting next week, it will switch employees -- a quarter of its global workforce -- to the Dell Venue Pro, which runs on Microsoft's
However, the switch is also a not-so-subtle dig at RIM, which once dominated the enterprise market, but has since come under increasing competition from Apple's
"Clearly in this decision we are competing with RIM, because we're kicking them out," he said.
RIM said it is unlikely that Dell will save money on the switch. "We find it highly unlikely that they will actually save any money with this move and far more likely they were looking for a little free publicity," Mark Guibert, RIM's senior vice president of corporate marketing said in a statement, according to Dow Jones Newswires.
Dell has been trying to crack into the smartphone market, but has found little success so far. Meanwhile, RIM, despite the pressure it is feeling from competitors, is still a powerhouse in the enterprise market. The company was the world's fifth-largest handset maker by volume in the third quarter, shipping 12.1 million units.
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