Microsoft has acquired Acompli, a provider of innovative mobile e-mail apps for iOS and Android, to expedite its efforts to deliver the full Office suite to mobile devices.
Acompli, which was founded 18 months ago, has developed an app that connects to all e-mail services and centralises e-mail management, providing users with innovative ways to identify important messages in their inbox, schedule meetings, and work with attachments and files.
“Soon after we launched, we began conversations with Microsoft about how we could go farther by integrating the capabilities of its Office 365 platform into our product, while continuing to provide amazing support for e-mail and file services from Apple, Dropbox, Google, and Box,” said Javier Soltero, CEO of Acompli, in a blog post. “Those conversations led to today, where we have decided the opportunity to join forces in pursuit of a better, faster, more powerful e-mail experience is something we can do better as one company.”
The acquisition is part of Microsoft’s efforts to help its customers increase productivity across mobile platforms. Earlier this year, Microsoft made the Office suite available on the iPad and the iPhone, and recently revealed it is to bring the suite to Android devices.
“In a world where more than half of e-mail messages are first read on a mobile device, it’s essential to give people fantastic e-mail experiences wherever they go,” said Rajesh Jha, corporate vice president of Outlook and Office 365 at Microsoft, in a blog post. “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 e-mail services people use today and help them accomplish more.”
Acompli and Microsoft will reveal more about product plans over the coming months.
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