Research in Motion isn't taking the year off. Despite BlackBerry 10 not being ready to launch until next year, the company is making news this week with a new partnership involving Microsoft. Microsoft has announced that both companies have inked a patent licensing agreement that gives RIM broad access to the latest Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) for certain BlackBerry devices of RIM. exFAT is a modern file system from Microsoft that facilitates large files for audiovisual media and enables seamless data portability and an easy interchange between desktop PCs and other electronic devices.
exFAT improves on its predecessor, the FAT system, and greatly expands the size of files that flash memory devices can handle by five times over previous FAT technology. It also increases the speed with which those files can be accessed. It's an interesting move. While most mobile players are encouraging users to store more and more in the cloud, it seems that RIM realizes that some files simply need to be local. And for business users, that kind of mindset may entice them to hang with the company for a few more months.
It'll surely be interesting to see how RIM puts the technology to use; they wouldn't have bothered working out such a deal without some fairly notable plans, you know?