In a blog post early this morning, Microsoft officially announced the acquisition of Acompli, developers of email client app for iOS and Android. The acquisition price was over $200 million, according to Re/code.
Acompli Email is well regarded for its vast array of features including Microsoft Exchange support, easy navigation to access recent emails and contacts, and ease of use with attachments and files.
The acquisition is a step forward for Microsoft's push on mobile productivity, including bringing Office to iOS earlier in the year. The company has kept a steady stream of updates flowing to the iOS versions of Office as well, including adding printing capabilities, third-party fonts, and, most recently, optimized iPhone versions of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint for smaller screens. Acompli is now the newest addition to Microsoft's vast array of productivity-based offerings.
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.
This acquisition brings us an app with innovative technology and a set of talented people who are passionate about reinventing email and communications on mobile screens. It will expedite our work to deliver the full power of Office to mobile devices. Stay tuned for more details in the coming months.
The absence of a proper Outlook app for iOS has forced many users to flock to third-party apps whose lack of certain features, particularly Exchange support, prove insufficient. Though there's no official word yet on what the company plans to do with Acompli beyond bolstering the Outlook effort, it's easy to see where it could fit in their mobile productivity suite of apps.