Bloomberg signs up to Ubuntu Edge hybrid


Bloomberg signs up to Ubuntu Edge hybrid

Cliff Saran

News and financial analytics service Bloomberg has bought into Mark Shuttleworth’s Ubuntu Edge vision for a hybrid PC/mobile device.

The Canonical CEO launched a campaign in July to raise $32m through crowd-funding to support the development of a new hybrid PC and laptop device,


Bloomberg  has invested $80,000 towards the campaign in exchange for the Enterprise 100 perk, which includes a batch of 100 Ubuntu Edge devices and access to a range of Canonical workshops and technical support bringing Ubuntu for Android into the workplace.

Shawn Edwards, chief technology officer at Bloomberg, said: “With this investment, Bloomberg developers will contribute to an open technology initiative that could benefit our clients and have a powerful impact on the future of mobile computing.”

The main driver for the investment is to support  mutli-platform access. Justin Erenkrantz, head of web architecture at Bloomberg said: “Bloomberg’s developers are already designing and building software for advanced devices because our clients demand a seamless experience from the desktop to the mobile platform.”

With 14 days to go, Shuttleworth has raised $8.5m out of the $32m needed for the project. The Ubuntu Edge will enter production for delivery in May 2014, if $32 million is raised before 11:59pm (Pacific Time) on August 21.

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