microsoft rim.pngWho would have expected that RIM, makers of the BlackBerry, would turn to Microsoft, a rival of theirs (Windows Mobile), for a partnership? We didn’t expect it, but it happened. Just today the companies announced that Microsoft Live Search would be available on the BlackBerrys sometime this year.

While this may not sound like that big of a deal because it’s only Microsoft Live Search, when you think about it, it is quite a big deal. As TechCrunch points out, the next battleground for search will be on the mobile-front and this gives Microsoft the opportunity to stay in the game with their biggest competitor, Google.

So why didn’t RIM turn to Google or even Yahoo? We’re not sure exactly what was behind the deal but perhaps they didn’t consider Google because of Android? Or maybe the deal with Microsoft was just too good to pass up?

We understand we’re going out on a limb here, but what if Microsoft acquired RIM? Now that’s an interesting thought, isn’t it?