Dutch Mac development house, Sofa, has just been bought by Facebook, according to a company blog post. In the Mac world, Sofa is best known for four Mac apps that it makes: Kaleidoscope, Checkout, Versions and Enstore.
However, Facebook’s acquisition of Sofa had no link with the Mac apps — it was purely a purchase to get the company’s design talent. “Terms of the deal are not being disclosed. But again, this is a pure talent acquisition for Facebook. And we’ve heard the main emphasis behind it is to continue to boost their [Facebook’s] product design talent,” according to a report.
Fans of Sofa’s apps don’t need to worry because although Facebook has purchased the company, it did not purchase the rights to the apps. The company confirms that Kaleidoscope and Versions will live on, but Sofa will need to discover homes for the apps at other development houses. Checkout and Enstore will also continue to exist due to joint partnerships that were formed to create the apps.