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Bryan M. Wolfe
| April 25, 2013
Facebook Buys Cloud App Platform Parse
Parse, the cloud app platform for developers, is now part of Facebook. The announcement was made today, April 25, via the Parse Blog. Launched in 2011, Parse offers SDK tools for multiple platforms including iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Java Script, and OS X. The company's main function is to provide server maintenance support to developers, and help them create apps that can work on different platforms and devices. Some of the iOS apps currently supported by Parse include the Travel Channel Layover Guide, Elmo Calls, and Food Network On the Road (Official). According to Parse:
Combining forces with a partner like Facebook makes a lot of sense. In a short amount of time, we’ve built up a core technology and a great community of developers. Bringing that to Facebook allows us to work with their incredible talent and resources to build the ideal platform for developers.Parse promises that being part of Facebook won’t affect existing apps or their functionality. In addition, they note that existing contracts will be honored. We’ll keep an eye on this development and keep you informed of any updates.