From Wire Reports

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Research In Motion will use Microsoft’s Bing search engine and maps as default options on its new BlackBerry devices, according to reports on Tuesday.

RIM’s move, coupled with its close partnership with Adobe Systems, sketches out a strategy of cooperation in a mobile market now dominated by Apple and Google.

RIM is eager to set its PlayBook tablet apart from Apple’s iPad, and has long stressed its ability to handle Adobe’s Flash software, a prevalent format for online video and other content. The iPad does not support Flash.

Bing, already packed on the PlayBook, will be “deeply integrated at the BlackBerry operating system level” on RIM’s new smartphones, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said on Tuesday in a surprise appearance on stage at the BlackBerry World conference in Orlando, Fla.

Google is the search engine of choice for two-thirds of U.S. queries, according to research firm comScore, while Bing has 13.9 percent. Google’s Android operating system is used by multiple handset makers, while Microsoft has signed a software deal with Nokia, the largest phone maker by volume.

RIM used the event to show off the integrated email and calendar software, as well as Android app support, it will add to the PlayBook in coming months.

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