As part of its ongoing focus on "mobile first," Microsoft has announced that it has acquired the mobile e-mail app startup Acompli. The acquisition is reportedly worth $200 million in cash.
Based in San Francisco, the 18-month-old Acompli closed a $7.3 million round of Series A funding led by Redpoint Ventures this past February. The company's "all-in-one productivity app" supports both iOS and Android mobile devices.
In a blog post on Microsoft's Web site today, Rajesh Jha, corporate vice president for Outlook and Office 365, said the acquisition was "part of our company-wide effort to help people accomplish more with their mobile devices." That effort has included a shift to offer more support and integration for popular mobile and cloud-based services, even if they are delivered by Microsoft competitors.
Continued Support for Competing Apps
"In a world where more than half of e-mail messages are first read on a mobile device, it's essential to give people fantastic e-mail experiences wherever they go," Jha said. "The Acompli team is passionate about this quest."
Acompli CEO Javier Soltero said in a blog post on his company's Web site that, shortly after its launch, Acompli began discussions with Microsoft to explore ways to integrate its app with Microsoft's Office 365 platform.
"Those conversations led to today, where we have decided the opportunity to join forces in pursuit of a better, faster, more powerful e-mail experience is something we can do better as one company," Soltero wrote.
While integrating with Office 365, Acompli has continued to support Microsoft-competing e-mail and file services from Apple, Dropbox, Google and Box. That support will keep being provided even now that Acompli is officially part of the Microsoft ecosystem.
Acompli's app is available at no cost through both Apple's iTunes App Store and Google Play. It enables mobile users to access multiple e-mail accounts and services, defer e-mails and "triage" inbox messages to give the most important e-mails highest priority. It also features a calendar for e-mail-integrated meeting scheduling.
In addition to supporting Microsoft Exchange and Office 365, Acompli also works with iCloud, Yahoo, Hotmail, MSN, Live, Outlook and Google apps including Gmail.
"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," Microsoft's Jha said. "Our goal is to deliver fantastic cross-platform apps that support the variety of e-mail services people use today and help them accomplish more."
Microsoft's cross-platform support has recently also extended to technologies such as Dropbox, a cloud-based storage service that competes with Microsoft's OneDrive. Microsoft announced a partnership with Dropbox last month.
Redpoint partner Satish Dharmaraj called Microsoft's acquisition of Acompli "bittersweet," and added that his firm was "thankful for the amazing ROI that they delivered us." He said it was a "no-brainer for us to fund" the company, started by Soltero along with Kevin Henrikson and J.J. Zhuang.
Posted: 2014-12-01 @ 9:14pm PT
While it's good to see MS going towards a more modern platform and modern browser-friendly approach, (not to mention, setting the sun on older IE versions, thank heavens!) there is still some way to go before their endeavors to discontinue support for old OS and older apps is going to bear fruit. On the hardware front though, despite the Nokia misadventure, they have gained some ground of late.