In Waterloo, Ontario Canada, Research In Motion held their Annual General Meeting in the original Crown Royal distilling plant. Here they conducted 2011 shareholder business and voted on the board of RIM. There wasn’t a huge overthrow of Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, the co-CEOs, as some analysts and others suggested should happen.
RIM gave way that OS 7 will be their future and largest product launch in the company’s history. RIM has secured OS 7 launches with over 191 carriers world-wide. We then can expect QNX ‘superphones’ by early 2012. RIM talked up how excited they are for their next devices. Mike Lazaridis confirmed they plan to release seven OS 7 devices, whether or not they will all release in 2011 is unclear.
After business had ended, they opened up Q&A for shareholders to pick the minds of RIM’s co-CEOs and voice their opinions. One of the main points the shareholders kept commenting on was more aggressive marketing from RIM. An example was the very minimal display space within Best Buy for the BlackBerry PlayBook, when compared to the iPad and HP TouchPad. All-in-all the majority of shareholders were rooting for RIM to succeed (rightfully so for their own profit). Nonetheless, RIM does have a bright future, they’re just losing time to make a solid comeback.