Please note that on the Bibleworks forum it is stated (my words) that BW is not "dead", but that Mr Bushell is working on a transfer. No promise attached :-)
The program is still being updated (I know because I have BW 10 working on my Mac), but cannot be purchased at this moment.
So BW users have hope that their program will continue.
The information on the Accordance sites and those of Faithlife are somewhat biased IMHO.
Hans, I agree with you that the demise of BibleWorks as a purchasable product does not mean that current users have to necessarily do anything just yet.
And just by way of reminder, our motivation for our BibleWorks emphasis came from BibleWorks users contacting us, beginning on June 1, the day of the announcement that “BibleWorks is closing” (the title of the email sent out to all users, including myself). In that email it was stated, “Accordingly as of June 15, 2018 BibleWorks will cease operation as a provider of Bible software tools.” Near the end of that email Michael Bushell stated, "We continue to pray that the Lord would provide a way for the program to continue, and we are exploring some possibilities. But there are no definite plans at present for future development.”
While it’s fortunate that Michael B. is able to continue to update the BW engine (I noticed an update in my own install a few days ago), I also know that the rest of the staff was laid off. Outside of one person promising to keep BW v. 10 viable as long as he’s able, that’s all there is to the future of BibleWorks as of this moment. While previous customers are “okay for now,” new customers cannot purchase the software which effectively dead ends it outside of a deus ex machina event.
And although BW users can continue using the software for the foreseeable future (may Michael B. be long-lived!) schools that were BW customers as recently as the Spring of this year have to especially scramble for the Fall semester. We’ve been in talks with numerous schools who have contacted us about transitioning them to Accordance. New students will need to purchase software, and former students and faculty will need to purchase and move over as well.
If Accordance, or Faithlife, or OliveTree, or WordSearch, or any other company desired to purchase BibleWorks at this point (and I know of no company offering to do this), odds are they would not keep BibleWorks alive longterm. Rather, they would basically be purchasing a customer list so as to gradually move that customer base over to their software. We (and Faithlife, to be fair) have been able not only to provide a safety net to BibleWorks customers with Crossover/Crossgrade packages, but also to acquire new customers without having to buy out an entire company.
As we’ve stated, we saw BibleWorks as “friendly competitors” and counted their employees as friends, too. We truly hate to see them go. But BibleWorks users will have to decide what they want to do. They can always just keep using BibleWorks for the foreseeable future. Or they can hedge their bets, purchase an Accordance BW Crossover package, and use both programs until the point comes that it’s no longer possible or practical to continue using BibleWorks.
At the very least, options are always nice to have, and we’ve done our best to offer one that’s both affordable and comparable to the tools BibleWorks users had grown accustomed.