Reuters reports that RIM is indeed seeking out other options. Other than the whole "let's stick together" mumbo jambo. Windows Phone 8, could be their last hope.
But for some reason, this seems like an odd fit for Microsoft, where RIM's strengths lie in BBM, and its proprietary secure network. Would they even be appealing to Microsoft, or vice versa? But of course, even if Microsoft is interested, they're only interested in patent scooping.
On the other hand, if RIM were to sell that secure network or to open it up to other smartphones, that would be a plan that could work.
But what exactly is more likely? RIM heading towards a Kodak sort of exit? Will they be selling their patents to survive? And by then what will be left of RIM after that?