Report: DataViz Bought By RIM, Kills webOS Documents To Go
BlackBerry news and rumor site CrackBerry is reporting that DavaViz, maker of the popular Documents To Go suite of Office-compatible applications, has been acquired by RIM for $50 million. The company itself has announced, perhaps not coincidentally, that it will not be releasing a highly-anticipated version of its software for Palm’s webOS platform. Documents To Go was one of the first programs to enable Office document viewing and editing on Palm’s original operating system, PalmOS.
With neither company officially announcing the acquisition, CrackBerry is relying on “multiple sources” to confirm the news, along with the fact that several DataViz employees have apparently changed their LinkedIn profiles to list RIM as employer.
As for the cancellation of Documents To Go for webOS, DataViz explained in a release that the decision was made from a pure business standpoint — apparently Palm did not have the resources to provide certain necessary SDK elements early on in development — and not out of disloyalty to Palm itself. It went on to note that a competing product was likely scheduled for release, therefore making it more advantageous to concentrate on other operating systems. DataViz currently sells products for the iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and Maemo platforms.