Microsoft has bought the email startup Acompli, the tech behemoth announced on its website yesterday. The deal’s terms were not commented on however a popular site said that Microsoft purchased the startup for more than $200 million.
Acompli has an email service that is provided for both iOS and Android users, which is designed to complete common but at times complicated tasks like: finding attachments, sending common responses, sorting messages, as well as making those tasks easier on a mobile interface.
Although the software runs on devices that are competing against one another (Apple and Google), the application looks like a great option for Microsoft. The company for a long time has sought to sell its software to larger companies. It already fits right in with Microsoft’s personal email software.
Even though some companies for instance Slack and Asana are trying to make email seem irrelevant, a growing amount of other companies are trying to make it as mobile friendly as possible to bring it into the 21st century making it easier for users to sort messages and enjoy their email experience.
This does not only include companies such as Dropbox, Baydin and Acompli, but some of internet’s biggest companies as well.
Google completely changed everything in Gmail with its new interface introduced last year, and its radical inbox application, which was released in October.
IBM is finding out new ways and experimenting with them to find the perfect way to organize emails and Acompli provides Microsoft with an application that competes with all these new products.
It will possibly bring this completely new email paradigm to office workers that use Outlook.
It is not yet clear if Acompli will remain a standalone application or be merged into Microsoft Outlook. However, Javier Soltero the founder of Acompli posted on a blog that the application would still be available on multiple different operating systems.
Microsoft has worked hard in these past few months to incorporate their products into other operating systems.
In March, Office was released for iOS and just recently, Dropbox was incorporated into Office as well.
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