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Adobe buys online word processor system to ease document collaboration

Antony Savvas

Adobe is acquiring Virtual Ubiquity and its online word processor Buzzword to ease collaboration among users.

The acquisition, for an undisclosed amount, will further Adobe's offering in rich internet application (RIA) development and enable improvements in how people collaborate on documents, said Adobe.

Adobe will integrate Buzzword with its existing online document collaboration services, including Create Adobe PDF Online, Adobe Document Center, and Adobe Acrobat Connect software.

Virtual Ubiquity is an 11-person start-up in the Boston area. Founded in 2005, the company built Buzzword with the Adobe Flex development software.

Virtual Ubiquity employees will become Adobe employees and will remain a closely knit team working from Adobe's Newton, Massachusetts, office, said Adobe.

Buzzword stores files online so they are available in a single repository for document collaboration.

Buzzword has been in limited preview since May 2007, with users in more than 50 countries.


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