The news is official! Microsoft announced today that they will indeed purchase the successful mobile email startup Acompli. Acompli is an iOS and Android email client that serves both Microsoft’s email servers and Google’s mail service. This purchase show’s Microsoft’s ambition to take on mobile operating systems outside of its own. So what’s the price tag on this genius Acompli service? Over $200 million. At that price, Acompli must be as outstanding as it claims to be.
“Work Smarter from Anywhere” with Acompli
The project of Zimbra and VMware experts, Acompli was first developed to address the non user-friendly aspects of mobile email that kept users from getting the most out of their accounts. On Acompli’s website, they boast their app will help users “work smarter from anywhere,” offering features such as a focused inbox, calendar, easy access to files and attachments and an organized address book. The app’s true beauty is that it supports a number of services, including Microsoft Exchange, Office 365,Google Apps, Gmail, iCloud, Yahoo, Outlook.com, Hotmail and Live. Acompli also works with Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive. This free app was made specifically for working professionals, and businesses around the country have capitalized off Acompli’s impressive functionality. It’s no wonder Microsoft is dishing out the big bucks for this app.
What does Microsoft Have to Say?
The surprise factor of Microsoft’s big purchase falls a little short since the Acompli news leaked last week. Microsoft VP Rajesh Jha made the official statement today in a blog post expressing his excitement for the deal. “In a world where more than half of email messages are first read on a mobile device, it’s essential to give people fantastic email experiences wherever they go,” Jha said in the post. “The Acompli team is passionate about this quest.” As if $200 million doesn’t exemplify such passion. Keep an eye on their sites for new updates on Acompli and Microsoft’s big purchase.
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