It’s now official. After an unfinished blog post was accidentally spotted last week, Microsoft has announced its acquisition of email app developer Acompli. According to Re/Code, the purchase price was more than $200 million.
With the purchase, Microsoft is continuing to make a push into mobile. Along with a recently announced integration with Dropbox, Microsoft in November brought Office 365 to the iPhone and made it free for users to create and edit documents.
Microsoft’s Rajesh Jha, corporate vice president of Outlook and Office 365, talked more about the acquisition in a blog post:
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. The Acompli team is passionate about this quest. Their app provides innovative ways to focus on what’s important in your inbox, to schedule meetings, and work with attachments and files. Users love how it connects to all email services and provides a single place to manage email with a focus on getting things done. It consistently receives enthusiastic feedback from users and strong app store ratings. Reviews have called it “your new best friend,” “brilliant” and “must have for BYOD.”
A universal app designed for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad/iPad mini, Acompli can still be downloaded from the App Store for free.
Originally landing on the App Store in late April, our own Christine Chan had high praise for Acompli and its clean and elegant interface. It was also named as our AppAdvice App of the Week shortly after its release.
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