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Microsoft’s news has finally caught up to an errant blog post spotted last week by TechCrunch and others. Microsoft is, in fact, buying Acompli, a startup founded last year by VMware vet Javier Soltero, who also blogged about the news which reaffirmed Microsoft’s new mobile-first, Microsoft software everywhere mantra. Soltero wrote:
We remain committed to the original [company]Acompli[/company] vision of making the best mobile email application on any platform and across all services. Your app and accounts will continue to work and the team will continue on our fast pace of improving and adding new functionality every couple of weeks.
The buy — valued by Re/Code at more than $200 million although [company]Microsoft[/company] did not disclose the price — fits into the company’s new plan, as pushed by CEO Satya Nadella to put its applications across devices running iOS or Android even though it offers its own Windows-based mobile gadgets. (Which after all are not exactly hitting the cover off the ball.)
Nadella’s thinking is that all those mobile services will be back-ended by the Microsoft Azure cloud. So there. (Acompli was built on [company]Amazon[/company] Web Services but will move eventually over to Azure, I’m told by a source in a position to know.)
In his post, Microsoft Corporate VP Rajesh Jha said the Acompli work will converge with projects already underway by the Outlook and Offic 365 teams. He wrote:
Our goal is to deliver fantastic cross-platform apps that support the variety of email services people use today and help them accomplish more.
This acquisition fits into a trend whereby vendors are trying facilitate email and associated tasks like scheduling across devices. Acompli, for example, makes it easier to plan a meeting or call by clicking on icons in an email message.