Progress shells out $262.5M for Bulgarian app development tools provider Telerik

Progress Software, the Bedford, MA-based enterprise software infrastructure firm, is buying the Bulgarian UI framework and app development tools outfit Telerik for $262.5 million, to help its customers make nicer user interfaces for their cloud and on-premise apps. Telerik is used by 1.4 million developers, including those at 450 of the Fortune 500 companies – founded in 2002, it started with a focus on Microsoft’s .NET platform before expanding to other platforms under the name “Kendo UI” (it consolidated its brands last year.) According to Progress CEO Phil Pead, the acquisition will make his company “a destination site for the largest developer population on the planet – ABL, .NET, Java, JavaScript, Node.js and mobile.”

Non-Safari iPhone browsers will soon have access to Apple’s full-speed Javascript engine

One of the most obvious drawbacks of Apple’s(s appl) approach to iOS development has been the fact that no browser except for Safari could tap into Apple’s fastest Javascript engine. Not only did this decision prevent standalone browser apps like Chrome(s GOOG) from running at full speed, it also hampered apps like Twitter that need to open a lot of URLs. As noted in Re/code, this is changing in iOS 8: Apps using the latest WebKit interface will have access to Apple’s Javascript engine. Hopefully, this means users will soon be able to also set a new default browser as well, but we’ll see: iOS 8 may be significantly more open than previous versions, but Apple’s not going to radically change overnight.