First Bungie (Halo), then Connectix (Virtual PC) and now iView Multimedia. Microsoft seems to be developing a good track record for buying up companies that develop great Mac software. iView’s Media and MediaPro applications are some of the better digital asset management titles on the Mac. Combined they offer the next logical steps up for users who need photo management functionality beyond iPhoto. Microsoft has posted a FAQ for the acquisition and claims they plan to continue to develop iView products for the Mac. That is good news, but for some reason I can’t help feeling a twinge of sadness every time I hear Microsoft has scooped up another great developer of Mac software. I just hope the Microsoft Mac Business Unit (who does a great job) is heavily involved with the future development of the product. I also wonder if this acquisition hints to the fact that the in-house Vista photo management software hasn’t come out good as Microsoft had hoped.