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Research In Motion turns to Microsoft to attempt to make an impact on the mobile maps and search business.

This article titled “Bing to become default search option for BlackBerrys” was written by Charles Arthur and agencies, for guardian.co.uk on Wednesday 4th May 2011 11.44 UTC

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) is to make Microsoft’s Bing search engine the default option on its future devices, signalling a win for the software giant while giving the Canadian company a toehold in the mobile maps and search business.

The announcement came at RIM’s BlackBerry World conference in Orlando, Florida and has won approval from analysts. Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s chief executive, said Bing would be “deeply integrated at the BlackBerry operating system level” on RIM’s new smartphones”.

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