Mobile email app developer Boxer to be acquired by VMware
VMware is acquiring Boxer for an undisclosed amount of cash. There are a couple reasons why this is interesting. First, WMware is a subsidiary of EMC. Second, EMC is about to be acquired by Dell for the cool sum of $67 billion.
EMC is known for its storage area networking solutions. VMware is known for its cloud-based virtualization solutions that basically enable a desktop user environment without the machine needing an operating system (think a modern day mainframe with dummy terminals, except these terminals have all the functionality of a PC). Just about everyone knows what Dell is famous for, and with resources like that in the picture, Boxer's outlook is very bright.
VMware also has a suite of services called AirWatch, and it is with that product portfolio it plans to meld Boxer’s offerings, which already integrate well with everything from Box to Dropbox to Exchange to Twitter.
While VMware’s focus is on the enterprise, such business applications invariably find their way to interesting consumer applications, and this may further bolster the feature set of Boxer’s partners like Cyanogen, and that means we will see some cool stuff coming our way.