BumpTop 3D Desktop Environment Acquired by Google

This weekend BumpTop announced that they had been acquired by Google.

More than three years ago, we set out to completely change the way people use their desktops. We're very grateful for all your support over that time -- not just financially but also through all the encouraging messages from people who found BumpTop inspiring, useful, and just downright fun.

Today, we have a big announcement to make: we're excited to announce that we've been acquired by Google!

This puts an end to their Windows and Mac product which was offered as a free download with paid upgrade. We had previously covered the Mac release when it was launched in January.

BumpTop is physics-based 3D desktop environment which allows users new features for organizing their desktops. BumpTop offers users multiple surfaces on which to store files, allowing users to alter the sizes of individual items and take advantage of several organizational features such as piles. BumpTop also supports Multi-Touch gestures in Windows 7 to manipulate files. See this video showing off its features:

The company is still offering the free version to download for the next week. It's not known what plans Google has for the technology.

Apple has also been researching 3d desktop environments with some similar features to BumpTop. Apple has also been heavily investing in multi-touch technologies that are found in the iPhone and iPad.

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