In an obvious gesture of defeat, NewsGator has announced that they — is a company a collective or an individual? — are no longer attempting to charge money for NetNewsWire. Their cover story is some mumbo-jumbo about “enterprise”. Sure, and Leopard was delayed by the iPhone. What they would never admit publicly is that they realized it was pointless to compete against the best Mac RSS utility on the planet. Who would pay for NetNewsWire when Vienna is free? Not to mention open source! (Oops, I just mentioned it. I take it back.)
Let it not be said, however, that we are without pity for the downtrodden. On behalf of the Vienna developers, I apologize for destroying the commercial feed reader market. What else can I say? Ya gotta do what ya gotta do. Give the fans what they want. The battle has certainly made great entertainment, the classic David vs. Goliath tale. Once again, David (actually Jeff) has overcome insurmountable obstacles, beat overwhelming odds, leapt over tall buildings in a single bound, to emerge victorious. It’s always a thrill to see the underdog win … except the Miami Dolphins.
Yet I shall only allow myself a moment to rest on my laurels, to savor the sweet smell of success. (It smells a little like tequila, actually.) For I’ve already chosen my next target: outliners. Look out, OmniGroup!