RIM is out to get them on BlackBerry 10, the question is will they be. I suspect right now Skype is being built for BlackBerry 10 and being deeply integrated into the HUB. There are corporate users in enterprise that use Skype primarily because it's cross platform viability. When we look at the market now platforms like PlayStation Vita have Skype and narrowly over 2.5 million users. PlayBook alone has just below that # of users. The major guys didn't come on board because RIMs tools were not 100 complete, they were going to waste time half-developing an app. RIM has gone out and worked directly with the "big names" to get them on board and let them gum up their fingers with the Cascades UI. RIM has good relationships with everyone in this domain. Microsoft and Google have both reached out to help RIM by offered their OS to their "poor buddy RIM" RIM knows what it's doing exclusivity died in 2010. We're headed toward technological convergence all the major OSs have figured out the "What and Why" RIM understands the differentiation comes with the "How" as all the phones all offer the same things, the same solutions the same technology the "HOW" will only grow more important. Carriers are going to get behind BlackBerry because it's sustained growing user base outside the U.S. Carriers need more Players especially a player who can cater to the big enterprise buyers, not one does that in the quantities RIM has, their security infrastructure differentiates their "How"
When on the hunt to see what RIM is doing to close the "app gap" there is one guy to talk to, and that is Adam Stanley. Adam is the Senior Application Development Consultant at Research In Motion, and while not talking about bacon or HTML5, Adam and his team are actively working with developers and helping them to get their apps onto the BlackBerry PlayBook and ready for BlackBerry 10. During my visit to Waterloo and RIM, Adam and I had a one on one discussion on apps for the new platform; specifically those from the high profile developers like Netflix and Skype.
While I could beat around the bush for a few hundred more words and then reveal the information I learned about Netflix and Skype, I'm going to spill the beans now. While discussing apps with Adam I was straight to the point and the question I asked was "The CrackBerry community is chomping at the bit, where are Netflix and Skype for the BlackBerry PlayBook?". While I didn't get the answer I was wishing for, I did get some fresh news. Adam informed me that RIM was indeed committed to adding new apps from roughly 100 big name developers for the launch of BlackBerry 10 later this year, and Skype and Netflix are indeed on that list
I see RIM and Microsoft working together to push back Google and Apple. Microsoft's Windows 8 was just the starting move to gesture based OSs they are the future as we head toward a universal OS
Apple, Google, Microsoft, they all have worked UP from the consumer to the other markets like corporate enterprise and industrial. QNX/RIM have been working from the industrial/enterprise down to the consumer. BlackBerry 10 is their cadence. "We have arrived" With that said the trends seem to be more those of necessitous rather than choice. You don't see any Apple apps anywhere but in the App Store.