Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Acompli, a startup that offers innovative mobile email apps. The announcement was made by both the companies on their respective official blogs. Acompli makes mobile email apps for iOS and Android.
Microsoft’s corporate vice president of Outlook and Office 365, Rajesh Jha wrote in a blog post, “This acquisition is a part of our company-wide effort to help people accomplish more with their mobile devices. This year we brought Office to the iPad and the iPhone, and we recently announced that we’re bringing Office to Android devices. These are significant steps in our work to deliver the best productivity experiences across mobile platforms, and we’re continuing to push forward.”
18-month old Acompli is equally excited at the opportunity. The startup started out as a small team, aiming towards creating a reliable email service over mobile phones. The company said in an official statement, “Soon after launch we started working on a number of enterprise IT departments who believed, like we do, that great products need to be “Loved by Users, and Trusted by IT.” Right around this time we began conversations with Microsoft about how we could go farther by integrating the capabilities of their Office 365 platform into our product.”
Microsoft understands the importance of email on mobile devices, given the recent push of smartphones across all types of markets. Acompli’s app fits Microsoft’s requirements for a perfect mobile email solution. The app offers an innovative solution to handle customers’ inbox, schedule appointments, and work with attachments efficiently on mobile.
Current Acompli users love the app’s simplicity, and the extensive feature list. The app enables users to focus on what’s important, and stay more productive. Microsoft also noticed how consistently the app received positive user feedback over the months.
Microsoft will no doubt integrate its latest purchase into its current suite of apps and services. Jha further added, “We’re excited about what’s possible as we build on the app’s success and bring it together with work currently in progress by the Outlook team. Our goal is to deliver fantastic cross-platform apps that support the variety of email services people use today and help them accomplish more.”
Over the last few months we’ve seen more cross-platform solutions and services from Microsoft than in its last couple of years. Microsoft is focussing strongly on building a huge ecosystem around its suite of apps and services where it doesn’t limit itself to a few hardware partners or software makers. It’s one of the most interesting moves by the company since the Windows 95 days.
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