This has been an exciting year for us at ComponentOne. We were acquired by GrapeCity and saw amazing new products and valuable resources added to our assets. Our customers will see practical benefits of this in the near future as we align our product lines and optimize our resources. At the same time, we saw the release of Windows 8 and the new style of touch-based Microsoft applications that promise to span the gap between the desktop and mobile devices. The next few paragraphs give you a quick update on what we are planning for the next few years and where we see the industry going.
As a company, we focus on professional developers. We love all the new cool features as much as anyone else, but cool is not enough. Our focus is and always has been on less flashy features such as performance, ease of use, stability, standards compliance, and above all solving real problems. For example, take a look at our FlexGrid control for the XAML platform. This is a grid control that is less than 200k in size, yet provides blazing performance and all the features you could want from any grid (including printing, for example). That is why for the last 20+ years we have been the component provider for many leading companies in industries that range from financial services, energy, and manufacturing to engineering and communications.
As a leader in the component industry, we have products that span all of the platforms supported by Microsoft. Here's a quick summary of what we are working on and planning for 2013 and beyond.
WinForms is one of the least talked about platforms, but it is also one of the most used. It is likely to remain so, because even though it is no longer one of the cool new technologies, it is still efficient, solid, stable, and easy to use (this should sound familiar). We plan to continue investing heavily in the WinForms platform in 2013. Among the planned enhancements are new and more powerful visual styles, including a Modern style to give WinForms apps a fresh contemporary look and feel; new controls that make it easy to create tile-based applications with a Modern UI look and feel; and enhancing touch support where appropriate. In case you haven't been following the not-so-cool news, remember that we have recently added some important new controls to our Studio for WinForms. This includes the GanttView control that provides functionality similar to Microsoft Project and our Studio for Entity Framework, which allows you to use the latest Microsoft data technologies in your WinForms apps, leveraging the same designers, techniques, and controls you are used to.
2012 was a great year, and I look forward to all that 2013 will bring. From the GrapeCity and ComponentOne team to you and yours, we wish you a very successful year ahead.