Microsoft, Nokia Flirted With RIM

Microsoft Corp. and Nokia Corp. in recent months flirted with the idea of making a joint bid for Research In Motion Ltd., according to people familiar with the matter.

The status of the talks remains unclear. But the fact that the discussions took place, even informally, underscores the severity of the challenges facing RIM and the opportunity it presents to rivals.

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