Last night on Twitter someone asked us a question, basically asking why they should trust GHI and TinyCLR after discontinuing our Gadgeteer product line. Here is a link to that tweet.
We decided to answer the question on the forum directly as it is a legitimate question as a lot of customers have put money and time into Gadgeteer. And the answer is more complicated than 140 words (maybe).
**EDIT:140 characters, not words **
As stated in the news post made roughly 6 months ago announcing the retirement of our Gadgeteer product line, please see quote below, the decision was an extremely hard decision to make as we as individuals love the Gadgeteer concept. However, in the end Gadgeteer was a software and hardware template created my Microsoft Research and owned my Microsoft and not GHI. After several companies abandoned Gadgeteer we continued on to fight for it to become a product and not a research project. We did this for 3 - 4 years by ourselves and with the help of a few very energetic individuals. It came to a point that regardless of personal feelings it no longer made since to continue pouring resources into Gadgeteer from the view point of “the business”. With all of that being said, we still love Gadgeteer so much that we are currently working with a few companies to bring Gadgeteer back who have the resources to bring it to the next level (announcement coming soon).
As you may or may not know TinyCLR OS is based on NETMF, however, we are currently in control of it and can guide the direction of the product. Which this was not the case with NETMF or Gadgeteer and because we can control the resources put into it, you are now seeing regular releases with major features in each release. And this will continue to happen as the product matures.
So, in short, [em]it is because of our passion and history of dedication to NETMF and Gadgeteer that you can trust in TinyCLR and it’s future[/em].
Full Gadgeteer Announcement click here, https://www.ghielectronics.com/community/forum/topic?id=23671.