Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Adobe's M&A stays busy; company buys PhoneGap

The M&A folks at Adobe Systems have been busy. In addition to the announcement from Adobe about its acquisition of TypeKit, the company also announced yesterday it had acquired Nitobi Software,the maker of PhoneGap and PhoneGap Build, the popular open source platform for building mobile applications with HTML5 and JavaScript.

"PhoneGap has proven to be an industry-defining app solution for HTML5 developers,” said Danny Winokur, vice president and general manager, Platform, Adobe in the announcement. “PhoneGap is a fantastic solution for developing a broad range of mobile apps using the latest Web standards, and is already integrated with Dreamweaver® CS5.5. It’s a perfect complement to Adobe’s broad family of developer solutions, including Adobe AIR, and will allow us to continue to provide content publishers and developers with the best, cutting-edge solutions for creating innovative applications across platforms and devices.”

The company is located in Vancouver and its employees are expected to be retained by Adobe (let's hope so).

Adobe's chief technology officer, Dave Johnson, said that the PhoneGap code will be donated to the Apache Software Foundation. “Adobe has been fully supportive of our decision, further demonstrating Adobe’s continued commitment to the developer and open source communities," Johnson said. "The Apache Software Foundation’s model makes it possible for contributors to collaborate on open source product development and Adobe and Nitobi look forward to engaging with other community members to advance the PhoneGap technology.”