UK software company Flint acquired by US rival Neverware

Flint Innovations, the UK-based software startup that develops Flint OS, has been acquired by US competitor Neverware. No terms for the deal, which is expected to close in late March, have been disclosed.

Flint OS is a Chromium operating system that launched just last year. Neverware develops the CloudReady operating system, also built on Chromium, that’s mainly used by schools and businesses. The company raised $6.5 million in Series B funding last October led by Google.

The acquisition of Flint will give Neverware a stronger foot in the European market while Flint’s technology will be integrated into CloudReady.

“Together we'll be better positioned—in Europe and around the world—to expand awareness in schools and businesses of the benefits that accompany installing a secure, easily manageable operating system like CloudReady on existing computers,” said Andrew Bauer, CEO of Neverware.

Flint OS CEO Will Smith will be based in London and will now serve as Neverware’s head of European operations.

“We created Flint with the vision that all applications and services we use today will be living in the cloud, and can be done through a single browser window,” he said. “Neverware believes just as keenly in that vision, and I look forward to working with them to bring a lightweight, modern operating system to the European market.”

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