Mattel/The Learning Company don't have anything to do with UFT. Genealogy.com, the company that owns UFT, is an independent software company created last year.
Here is a reposting of a brief history that I hope clears things up.
1981-COMMSOFT introduces its first genealogy program, ROOTS89
1984-Banner Blue Software is founded
1989-Banner Blue introduces Family Tree Maker
1994-Palladium Interactive is founded
1995-Broderbund Software acquires Banner Blue Software (including Family Tree Maker)
1996-COMMSOFT partners with Palladium Interactive and releases Family Gatherings
1997-COMMSOFT sells genealogy software to Palladium Interactive which then releases Ultimate Family Tree
1997-Intuit sells its Parsons Technology unit (which includes Family Origins) to Broderbund Software, and the Banner Blue division of Broderbund Software is put in charge of Broderbund genealogy products
1998-The Learning Company acquires Broderbund Software
1998-The Learning Company acquires Palladium Interactive, and UFT becomes a part of the genealogy unit at Banner Blue
1999-Mattel acquires The Learning Company
1999-Mattel spins off its genealogy unit as a separate company named Genealogy.com
Now that we have been spun off, Mattel's problems are their own and have no bearing on Genealogy.com nor the programs, products, and Web sites that we own and create.
Paul Burchfield, Genealogy.com Technical Support
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