Speaking of Microsoft acquisitions, a graphic reminder that they don’t always turn out to be super successful is that Microsoft this week also announced the retirement of FoxPro which they acquired in 1992 for $173M:
We have been asked about our plans for a new version of VFP. We are announcing today that there will be no VFP 10. VFP9 will continue to be supported according to our existing policy with support through 2015 (http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?p1=7992). We will be releasing SP2 for Visual FoxPro 9 this summer as planned, providing fixes and additional support for Windows Vista.
Additionally, as you know, we’ve been working on a project codenamed Sedna for the past year or so. Sedna is built using the extensibility model of VFP9 and provides a number of new features including enhanced connectivity to SQL Server, integration with parts of the .NET framework, support for search using Windows Desktop Search and Windows Vista as well as enhanced access to VFP data from Visual Studio.
To reiterate, today we are announcing that we are not planning on releasing a VFP 10 and will be releasing the completed Sedna work on CodePlex at no charge. The components written as part of Sedna will be placed in the community for further enhancement as part of our shared source initiative. You can expect to see the Sedna code on CodePlex sometime before the end of summer 2007.
FoxPro (actually Fox Software) has had a storied role in PC software history, but a despite a loyal following, it was clearly being eclipsed by Microsoft’s other tooling. See Robert Shelton’s blog and Alan Griver’s blog for informal tributes and nostalgia from within Microsoft.