July 27, 2011 8:01 AM | By Jason Buckland, MSN Tech & Gadgets
The history of Research In Motion

The first touch screen



The BlackBerry Storm (© AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
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  • Inter@ctive Pager (© Photo courtesy: Research In Motion)
  • RIM co-Ceo Jim Balsillie. (© CP PHOTO/Jonathan Hayward)
  • The BlackBerry 850 (© Photo courtesy: Research In Motion)
  • Man uses BlackBerry Messenger (© Koen van Weel Photo)
  • The BlackBerry Storm (© AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
  • Blackberry Bold smartphones are displayed during its launching ceremony in Seoul, South Korea, Dec. 16, 2008. (© THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Ahn Young-joon)
  • Mike Lazaridis, president and co-CEO of Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM), holds the new PlayBook during the annual BlackBerry developers conference, Sept. 27, 2010, in San Francisco. (© AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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When: 2008

Among all the turmoil surrounding RIM today (critics say the tech behemoth is falling from relevance because of its reluctance to change) was a very telling quote from Mike Lazaridis. As reported by a sprawling Boy Genius feature, the co-CEO was known to have said in 2005 that "there will never be a BlackBerry with an MP3 player or camera." At the time, his reasoning may have been fine - the U.S. government was their biggest client - but in hindsight the declaration seems woefully short-sighted. And perhaps it was because of such management strategies that RIM was late to market on a number of smartphone innovations, such as MP3 players and cameras (unveiled on BlackBerrys by 2006) and the touch-screen phone, which RIM wouldn't roll out until the 2008 holiday season, when it released the 9530 Storm, about a year-and-a-half after the iPhone began flying off shelves.

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