An outstanding anti-trust suit existed against Microsoft on whether they had acted inappropriately in aiding in the demise of Wordperfect. Microsoft took action and asked for the case to be closed. The judge in the case found that it was not the actions of Microsoft that killed Wordperfect. It was the actions, or rather, the inaction of Novell that killed the product.
At the time that Windows98 had been released, Novell delayed the next release of Wordperfect. Their inability to bring it to market is what killed the product.
Sounds like History is repeating itself. Research in Motion has a limited window of opportunity before it follows Wordperfect and becomes irrelevant. The ability for a company to move with its client base is essential. Your clients are your fans. You have to give them what they want and it has to compete with what they don’t have. When what they don’t have becomes more important to them you’ve lost.
RIM’s inability to deliver their next generation OS to its own client base is going to kill the company. They were the leaders in the industry and they sat on their laurels. They stopped delivering bleed edge technology. Now they can’t even catch up. RIM is now ready to become a member of the unimportant.