After several rumors, Microsoft has finally confirmed the purchase of the Android email app, Acompli. Microsoft has always tried to push the email experience forward, and they believe that this will help with the next step in that process.
Acompli is widely known for its intuitive UI and versatility between mobile platforms, so it’s not surprising that Microsoft wanted the app and its makers on the team. Of course, just because it’s becoming a Microsoft product doesn’t mean the app is going anywhere — at least not yet. Acompli will likely stay its own brand, but now with the added benefit of new leadership and a new direction.
Rajesh Jha, Corporate Vice President of Outlook and Office 365, explains:
This acquisition is part of our company-wide effort to help people accomplish more with their mobile devices. This year we brought Office to the iPad and the iPhone, and we recently announced that we’re bringing Office to Android devices. These are significant steps in our work to deliver the best productivity experiences across mobile platforms, and we’re continuing to push forward…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.
We’re unsure how much Acompli was purchased for, but Re/Code’s unnamed source is quoting the purchase at “north of 200 million.”