Facebook is shutting down its Parse developer platform

Facebook is shutting down its Parse developer platform

Social network Facebook is shutting down its Parse developer platform --- a service which Facebook acquired in April 2013, in an $85 million cash and stock deal.

Facebook's objective behind the acquisition of 2011-founded Parse -- which, at the time of acquisition, was chiefly focused on mobile developers -- was to turn the platform into one of its main developer services. However, over the course of the last one year, Facebook has become increasingly focused on projects which stemmed from its core platform, like expansion of Facebook login and mobile app-install ads.

Announcing the imminent shut down of Parse developer platform, a Facebook spokesperson said on Thursday that the company is, with immediate effect, "winding down support for Parse."

However, Parse will remain operational until operate until January 28, 2017, to enable developers -- who have used the platform for creating nearly 600,000 apps -- have adequate time to shift their apps over to other platforms.

Meanwhile, acknowledging the fact that Facebook's decision to shutdown Parse will force app developers into a drastic change, Parse co-founder Kevin Lacker said: "We understand that this won't be an easy transition, and we're working hard to make this process as easy as possible. We are committed to maintaining the backend service during the sunset period, and are providing several tools to help migrate applications to other services."