Ubuntu Edge gets backing by Bloomberg

Bloomberg a financial software, data and media company pledged $80,000 for the Enterprise 100  including 100 Ubuntu Edge devices, workshops and support by Canonical, bringing Ubuntu for Android into the workplace.

Bloomberg supports open innovation and initiatives, such as Ubuntu Edge, that align with our software development and business priorities. With this investment, Bloomberg developers will contribute to an open technology initiative that could benefit our clients and have a powerful impact on the future of mobile computing.”

Shawn Edwards, Chief Technology Officer at Bloomberg LP

Bloomberg’s developers are already designing and building software for advanced devices because our clients demand a seamless experience from the desktop to the mobile platform. Ubuntu’s goal to offer a single-device solution for enterprise convergence and mobility is an exciting prospect and one that complements our vision for open development on the mobile platform.”

Justin Erenkrantz, Head of Web Architecture, a division of Bloomberg LP’s CTO Office

Will this be a new boost to the campaign? The amount of $80,000 as a singular event does not really count. A more substantial argument might be, that this first backing by a enterprise will be followed by other enterprises. That leeds to more attention to the campaign and now the undecided might have a reason to go for a perk. We will see if this will have any effect in the next days.