I just received this e-Mail from Lutz Roeder, the creator and maintainer of .net Reflector:
After more than eight years of working on .NET Reflector, I have decided it is time to move on and explore some new opportunities.
I have reached an agreement to have Red Gate Software continue the development of .NET Reflector. Red Gate has a lot of experience creating development tools for both .NET and SQL Server. They have the resources necessary to work on new features, and Reflector fits nicely with other .NET tools the company offers.
Red Gate will continue to provide the free community version and is looking for your feedback and ideas for future versions.
For news and updates on Reflector, sign up for the .NET Developer’s Newsletter from Red Gate. To find out more about the agreement, see the interview on Simple Talk.
Let me just use that opportunity to thank Lutz for all his work on Reflector. As a .net Developer, this tool is an absolute must have and saved soo much time and hassle, and having such an useful tool available for free is certainly not the norm in a market that lives from selling addons to developers.
Also, let me congratulate Lutz on his choice to hand it over to RedGate. While their tools are way out of my price range, I hear nothing but good comments regarding SQL Compare and the overall opinion seems to be that RedGate is one of the “good” companies in the market.
I only hope that the free community edition will stay a complete and useful tool, but it’s re-assuring to know that it’s in the hand of a company that will surely ensure compatibility with whatever .net brings in the future.
Disclaimer: I am not associated with any of the involved parties, I just think that .NET Reflector is the best tool since the invention of sliced bread.