Qt is a widely used cross platform application framework that has been around for 20 years and is still going strong. BlackBerry PlayBook native developers are familiar with Qt since RIM uses it as a foundational piece of their Cascades application framework. A little over a year ago Digia purchased the commercial licensing and professional services business side of the open source Qt project. As of this week Digia has completed the full acquisition of Qt from Nokia along with 125 Nokia developers. Their immediate goal is to bring Qt support to Android, iOS, and Windows 8.
That is great news for RIM since it will mean more developers with apps familiar with Qt that can be easily turned towards Cascades. Tim Neil at RIM has gotten ahead of questions by posting on the DevBlog with a reaffirmed commitment to Qt and welcoming Qt developers to the BlackBerry platform.
Check out the details on the DevBlog