Software pioneers Daniel S. Bricklin and Robert Frankston, whose creation--VisiCalc--is credited with giving momentum to the personal-computer wave, are moving to Lotus Development from Software Arts and are taking some key software products with them.
Under a tentative agreement announced Monday, Bricklin, 33, Software Arts' chairman, and Frankston, 35, its president, will join Cambridge, Mass.-based Lotus in undisclosed positions.
Additionally, Lotus will acquire Software Arts' assets, including VisiCalc, TK!Solver--a sophisticated equation-solving program aimed at scientists and engineers--and a "desk-top accessory" program called Spotlight.
Terms of the agreement are being negotiated, with a final deal expected in the next month or two, Lotus spokesman Ronald Scott said. Plans call for Lotus to market Software Arts' products through its own dealer channels.