Since the rumors are pretty much confirmed, everyone can now begin to wonder what will happen to BumpTop, as Google makes it their own. Will it become another part of the Google Pack, and not much more, or will it become part of an operating system that will make Chrome the one that everyone wants.
It’s always interesting to see what happens with these purchases, because most of the time, what people think will be the course, is nowhere near what the buyer has in mind.
The confirmation comes from PC Magazine –
Rumors are swirling that Google has acquired Bump Technologies Inc., better known as the creators of BumpTop–a freeware application that transforms one’s generic, two-dimensional desktop into a walled, three-dimensional, navigable display. In addition, the software is fully compatible with multi-touch gesturing as well, provided one’s hardware supports such technology.
What’s the proof? According to TechCrunch, a recently deleted Twitter message by a Canadian venture capitalist first spilled the beans about the acquisition. As well, BumpTop’s since redesigned its entire website–rather, shrank its website–to a single page that references, "An important BumpTop Announcement."
"More than three years ago, we set out to completely change the way people use their desktops. We’re very grateful for all your support over that time — not just financially but also through all the encouraging messages from people who found BumpTop inspiring, useful, and just downright fun," reads the message from "The Bumps."
"Today, we have a big announcement to make: we’re going to be taking BumpTop in an exciting new direction, which means that BumpTop (for both Windows and Mac) will no longer be available for sale. Additionally, no updates to the products are planned."
Mark McQueen, President and CEO of Canada’s Wellington Financial LP, thinks that the writing’s on the wall based on the fact that BumpTop just voluntarily removed itself from Microsoft’s list of BizSpark partners–a program that gives interested startups access to key Microsoft resources at no upfront cost.
"Given the arm wrestling going on between Apple and Google over who will have the sweetest user experience, Bumptop’s cool desktop and underlying technology are a natural piece of Google’s user interface puzzle as they prepare to take on the current kings of all consumer electronics. The ones down the street in Cupertino," writes McQueen.
"As to price, we can assume that it wasn’t above US$63 million, since the acquirer didn’t make a public announcement as might have been required under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act had it broken that threshold. My guess is that the number comes in around US$35/40 million."
Users interested in checking out BumpTop can download the freeware application for one more week before the plug is presumably pulled. Those who have already picked up BumpTop’s $30 professional edition will receive end-of-life support throughout BumpTop’s transition. However, all downloads and support for the product will end on June 1, according to a BumpTop email.
The company is offering refunds for anyone dissatisfied by the program’s disappearance, regardless of when they purchased BumpTop Pro, up until June 1 as well.
Very nice. The ability to check things out, and for those who feel they’ve been cheated, money back. That will make for many happy customers, ready to try out whatever comes from the Google changes.
This, for me, is just one more way that it looks like Google will be able to bring a change to the masses that no one else has, a different, and possibly as popular way of computing as Windows.
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