This time last year it looked as though BlackBerry was ready to turn a corner and emerge from a shaky period that had seen the smartphone manufacturer lose its grip on the market following the emergence of Apple's iPhone and Google's Android platform. The Z10 had just launched, the company had changed its name from Research in Motion to just BlackBerry, and everything was starting to look up. Sadly, the relatively poor performance of its BB10 operating system and its new line of handsets have meant that things have gone from bad to worse for the company.
The latest in a long line of closures and redundancies was announced this week, as the company announced that its Ottawa Product Development Centre, once lauded as the hub of everything BB10, has closed, costing the jobs of 90 employees.
BlackBerry is currently in the process of reducing its global workforce by 40% in an attempt to push things back towards profitability, and more lay-offs are expected in the weeks and months ahead.