This seems to be RIM's new MO- they bought Torch Mobile not too long ago,Quote:> This is from electronista.com:
> A leak suggests RIM may have quietly snapped up DataViz in a move that
> could shake up productivity apps on mobile devices. Multiple sources
> CrackBerry say the BlackBerry maker acquired DataViz for $50 million.
> Although not publicly acknowledged by RIM, the LinkedIn profiles of
> multiple DataViz staff members have recently shown job switches to the
> Canadian company.
> The deal may have already had repercussions on the mobile space, as
> has already dropped plans for a version of Documents To Go for webOS.
> indications have been given that it will shed other versions, but RIM
> have a strong incentive to drop versions for competing platforms, such
> Android, iOS and Maemo. The iPhone port of Documents To Go has been
> a possible threat to the BlackBerry since it has reduced the incentive
> get one of RIM's handsets for work.
> RIM has had a deep connection with DataViz as the home to one of the
> earliest editions of Documents To Go and regularly bundles a light
> of the Office document editing suite with all its smartphones. A formal
> acquisition could see the full version either given away on all
> phones or else handed out in return for bulk deals, such as setting up
> BlackBerry Enterprise Server.
who made a Webkit-based browser called Iris for various smartphones. (I
use it on my WinMo phone occasionally when wanting to view iPhone-
specific mobile sites.) In one fell swoop RIM bought themselves a better
browser than they offer, and removed it from the market for competing
devices. I suspect their motivation here was the same. Buying DataViz
is likely cheaper than investing resources to build a better Office suite
in-house. Anyone wanting Office doc editing support on their iDevices
might want to buy it while it's still available... ;)