GrapeCity Acquires ComponentOne, Maker of Doc-to-Help and Developer Tools

At TechEd North America in Orlanda, FL, GrapeCity announced it has acquired ComponentOne, a leader in developer-productivity tools for building enterprise-level applications, as well as technical communication tool Doc-to-Help. “With products available on every known platform including .NET, iPhone, Windows Phone, and JavaScript ComponentOne, as a division of GrapeCity, is now poised to dominate the component market,” said Rick Williamson, General Manager at GrapeCity.

The ComponentOne website has already been updated with a new logo and content referring to the “New ComponentOne.”  According to the press release on the ComponentOne site, it will officially become a division of GrapeCity on July 1, 2012, bringing GrapeCity’s total workforce to more than 850 employees worldwide, and a customer base  of “hundreds of thousands of customers worldwide, ranging from Fortune 100 companies to entrepreneurs. ”

The ComponentOne website, already updated with a new logo and messaging

ComponentOne and GrapeCity have had a strategic relationship in overseas markets since 1994, and ComponentOne notes that collaborative products are top-ranked in sales in Japan, where GrapeCity is headquartered. “The acquisition of ComponentOne by GrapeCity will position the company as the forerunner in the Visual Studio industry,” said Williamson. “Past, current, and new clients will benefit from the company’s ability to deliver the most innovative tools for varying platforms and the best performance and user experience on the market.”

“This type of strength in the development world is unprecedented,” Williamson continued. “Developers will have access to hundreds of UI controls, spanning all Microsoft platforms: Windows Forms, ASP.NET, MVC, Silverlight, WPF, and Windows Phone as well as tools for HTML5 and Windows 8 Metro.”

Technical Evangelist Rich Dudley published a blog post in which he shares what a dynamic group of people work at GrapeCity. “You can take great pride in your work when you know you are providing developers controls that complement Microsoft controls better than any other vendor on the market. Our controls are built by developers, for developers, who understand the need for easy and familiar controls, giving one more time to focus on business logic. Nowhere else can you find such powerful reporting tools, amazing Excel-like spreadsheet controls and well-designed business intelligence and data visualization tools,” said Dudley.

In addition to Doc-to-Help, the company’s product line up includes ComponentOne Ultimate, Studio Enterprise, ActiveReports, Spread .NET, Spread for WPF-Silverlight, ActiveAnalysis, and many more. ComponentOne, a division of GrapeCity offers no-charge, 30-day trials of its software, as well as support ranging from online tutorials and forums to documentationand diagrams

Founded in 1980, GrapeCity is an award-winning Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, a premier Visual Studio Industry Partner, and one of the world’s largest providers of developer components.  Visit the GrapeCity website, the ComponentOne website, or read the complete press release.

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