BlackBerry maker RIM is set to climb into bed with Microsoft to offer the Bing search engine and Bing Maps as the default services on new BlackBerry devices.
Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer appeared on stage at the BlackBerry World conference in Florida, telling tthe audience that the Microsoft services would be "deeply integrated" according to a Reuters report.
The move is a substantial win for Microsoft and is indicative of growing concern from some of the players in the smartphone and tablet market of the growing influence of Google.
"We’re going to see a convergence of search, commerce, social and location-centric services," wrote Microsoft Bing boss Matt Dahlin in a Bing blog post.
"Bing will provide the intelligence and the organizing layer in the cloud that connects a user’s intent with action, helping people be more productive," he added.