Facebook Adds Mobile Cloud App Platform Parse

By Justin Lafferty 

Facebook has been acquiring plenty of talent to help the company grow on mobile. Earlier this week, Facebook acquired the team behind Spaceport, and Thursday, the social network purchased Parse, a cloud application platform for iOS, Android, JavaScript, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and OS X. This is an acquisition, not a talent hire, and financial terms were not disclosed.

Parse apps will not be affected, and will continue to run normally. Those utilizing Parse will not be forced to integrate with Facebook.

Facebook Director of Developer Products Doug Purdy announced the news in a blog post:

By making Parse a part of Facebook Platform, we want to enable developers to rapidly build apps that span mobile platforms and devices. Parse makes this possible by allowing developers to work with native objects that provide backend services for data storage, notifications, user management, and more. This removes the need to manage servers and a complex infrastructure, so you can simply focus on building great user experiences.

We’ve worked closely with the Parse team and have seen first-hand how important their products and community are to developers. We don’t intend to change this. We will continue offering their products and services, and we’re excited to expand what Facebook and Parse can provide together.

Parse CEO Ilya Sukhar addressed the future of the company, and how it will work together with Facebook:

As stewards of a good thing, we’re always thinking about the next step in growing Parse to become a leading platform in this age of mobile apps.

These steps come in all sizes. Most are small and incremental. Some are larger.  Today we’re excited to announce a pretty big one.

Parse has agreed to be acquired by Facebook. We expect the transaction to close shortly. Rest assured, Parse is not going away. It’s going to get better.

We’ve worked with Facebook for some time, and together we will continue offering our products and services. Check out Facebook’s blog post for more on this.

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.

We think this is the right way to accomplish what we set out to do. We’re excited about the future of Parse!

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