NewsGator Technologies has a new page on their site about the acquisition of NetNewsWire. Brent Simmons, the creator of NetNewsWire, will be joining the NewsGator team as a product architect according to a release on the NewsGator site. Om Malik scooped the news last night.
The phrasing of the announcement is around NetNewsWire only. I presume NewsGator has acquired all of Ranchero software, including products such as editing software MarsEdit, and not just NetNewsWire.
NewsGator Technologies now produces software in C#, ASP.net, Delphi, and Objective C. Lack of a unified codebase and the company’s reliance on one engineer per product seems to be a weak point even with their much-touted APIs.
NewsGator is now able to cover the entire feed aggregation landscape with its suite of products. NewsGator for Outlook covers the mail client integration, FeedDemon is the stand-alone option on the Windows desktop, NetNewsWire is the stand-alone client on the Macintosh, and NewsGator Online is the online option tying all of the properties together. NewsGator is still missing a recommended Linux or open source feed aggregation product or even a product with source committed by the NewsGator team.
Note the generic business user on the NewsGator NetNewsWire page is not even using a Mac!
of NewsGator, writes more about the acquisition on his blog. Greg mentioned there was a press briefing to announce the deal yesterday, yet I know that NewsGator remained quiet when questioned by bloggers.