RIM Buys Assets of Mobile Software Developer DataViz
Research in Motion (www.rim.com), the company behind the BlackBerry smartphones, has acquired certain assets of software development DataViz (www.dataviz.com) and most of its employees, according to reports.
“RIM has acquired certain assets of DataViz and hired most of its employees to focus on supporting the BlackBerry platform, RIM said in a statement to digital daily blog. “The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the transaction is not material to RIM in the context of RIM’s financial results.”
The acquisition gives it control of the popular maker of mobile Google Docs To Go, which offers users access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF and other files on mobile devices, as well as a desktop application that provides easy to use bi-directional file synchronization, and providing users an easy way to transfer and manage important documents.
Docs To Go is available for BlackBerry, IOS, Android, Maemo, Palm operating system, webOS, Windows Mobile Standard and Windows Mobile Professional. The Premium Edition allows users to view, edit and create Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint attachments, and view all PDF files on a phone.
The software is tightly integrated with BlackBerry Enterprise Server 4.1.5 and BlackBerry Internet Service 2.5 for the native connection quick loading and unloading. It is also compatible with existing IT policies, including new policies specific to Documents To Go functionality.
Documents To Go also includes a desktop application that provides file synchronization bi-directional, and provides users an easy way to transfer and manage documents.
Also recently announced that DataViz has halted development of webOS, which some speculate is related to the merger, and could be the first of many BlackBerry platforms other than to be abandoned.
Crackberry.com BlackBerry news site speculated that RIM could offer Docs To Go as a free feature that is included in BlackBerry Enterprise Server for business users – and even offered for free to all BlackBerry users.