It Looks Like DataViz Was Not Purchased By RIM, Only Parts
Earlier reports that DataViz was purchased by BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) have turned out to be only partially true. DataViz was not purchased outright. An email to Brighthand sums up what happened nicely: “while we did sell some of our assets to RIM, DataViz itself has not been acquired and is still very much in business.”
DataViz makes the popular Documents To Go package that lets different platforms use, edit and create Microsoft Office formatted Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents in addition to Adobe PDF formatted documents. What fueled some of the speculation that RIM had bought DataViz outright was the fact that DataViz recently announced that it was canceling its plans to release a version of Documents To Go for the Palm WebOS platform. Versions of Documents To Go exist for Android, iOS, Windows Mobile and BlackBerry.
So what exactly did RIM purchase from DataViz? Nobody seems to know. DataViz is still going to be making new versions of Documents To Go for other platforms, so RIM must not have bought the rights to the software for themselves. DataViz also makes RoadSync for Symbian and Android. This software package allows these devices to synchronize data from these devices over the air with Microsoft Exchange Server versions 2003, 2007 and 2010. Remember BlackBerry Shield? Maybe some of that technology from DataViz has gone into it. After all, it could end being the equivilent of Apple’s MobileMe for corporate users.
We will have to wait and see what exactly RIM is up to here. I for one am hoping that it realizes it needs to start upping is game and competing on all fronts. Why not make the BlackBerry user experience the very best that it can be?
Let me know if you think some of DataViz’s technology could end up in some BlackBerry services in the near future. How would it work out?BlackBerry, RIM, blackberry shield