Aussie startup and content authoring solutions company, Ephox, has acquired TinyMCE makers and open source company, Moxiecode. This acquisition will result in a combined company of 45 staff, across offices based in Brisbane, Palo Alto and Sweden.
The acquisition builds on an existing partnership between Ephox and Moxiecode and as a result of the acquisition, the TinyMCE project, MoxieManager, and Plupload will become part of the Ephox family of products.
All of MoxieManager’s staff will stay on in the combined company and will see the beginnings of a new Ephox Sweden office.
Moxiecode chief technology officer, Johan Sorlin, and its CEO, Joakim Lindkvist, will head up the new Sweden office, while Ephox CEO and co-founder, Andrew Roberts’ main base of development will continue to be in Brisbane, Australia, and its headquarters in Palo Alto, California.
“Ephox has been a partner of ours for the last five years, providing TinyMCE enterprise offerings. Over the course of that partnership we had come to understand that both companies had a very similar vision of the future.
“In addition to the five years of experience with TinyMCE, we felt that Ephox’s 15 years of experience in creating online editors will be invaluable in helping us take TinyMCE to the next level,” Sorlin, said.
According to Roberts, the merger of Ephox and Moxiecode will create a complete lineup of What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editor offerings, support services, a new Cloud platform, and mobile capabilities which make it possible to edit content, on any type of device, anywhere.
“The combination of Ephox and Moxiecode brings together two very complementary companies, each widely recognised as leaders in WYSIWYG editor development. Together the brands combine to provide WYSIWYG editors to more than 30 per cent of all Internet users and two million developers,” he said.
Roberts added the merger will help the companies focus on the needs of the developer community, provide additional support and accelerate the development of new features and products.
“We are thrilled to bring these two great product lines together and are fully committed to support the needs of developers and users of both brands.”
Lindkvist said merging TinyMCE with Ephox means the company will be able to deliver more features, increase support services and accelerate development of future releases of TinyMCE. “Having successfully partnered with Ephox for the past five years, we’re really looking forward to utilising the development resources of Ephox,” he said.
It will also be supporting and enhancing its EditLive! offering for online editing and Java desktop applications.