Bing is now Default Search & Map for Research In Motion

At RIM’s annual Blackberry World last week, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced on stage a new alliance between Microsoft and Research in Motion.

Blackberry devices will now use Bing as the preferred search provider in the browser, and Bing will be the default search and map application for new devices presented to mobile operators, internationally.

Bing is also now shipping as the default search experience, and map app, for the newly released BlackBerry Playbook.

This move is likely to signal the end of Blackberry Maps, the proprietary mapping application developed by RIM.

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