On the one hand, Natalie, a product manager from Typepad, assures me that the platform will be maintained and "stay the stable, lovable blogging platform that it has always been."
In a post that expresses SAY Media/SixApart's undying love for bloggers there is this quote, "[W]e will continue to support TypePad and evolve it to meet the needs of the market."
Then this..."We firmly believe that you can't build a modern media company without having a platform, and TypePad is our platform for doing that."
And from AdAge this..."[Typepad] gives us access to a content platform that we can evolve into a media platform."
Sorry, but you can't have it both ways. You can't keep it the way it has "always been" and "evolve it" into something new.
Here's my prediction...
Now that Typepad is the platform used to support a media company, coming upgrades will be those that support its initiatives, not the needs of bloggers who use the platform.
My prediction pales in comparison to what Mashable said...
"From what we’ve seen before, we bet it won’t take long for resources to be allocated towards the advertising network and away from Movable Type. It will be the beginning of the degradation of a platform that has already lost much of its relevance, despite hosting The Huffington Post and major blogs from ABC, the BBC and others.
"Advertising is where the money is for this new organization. While we don’t expect Movable Type or TypePad to go anywhere for a long time, we doubt anything new or innovative will come out of them, either."
If you see it differently, feel free to opine.