Microsoft buys email start-up Acompli for US$200m

1 Dec 2014

Microsoft is attempting to bolster its mobile email capabilities with the purchase of Acompli, a provider of mobile email apps for iOS and Android for a cool US$200m.

The company announced the acquisition in a blog post after much speculation. Microsoft said this move is part of its “company-wide effort to help people accomplish more with their mobile devices”.

Acompli as an app is one of the most popular of its kind for accessing email, particularly Microsoft’s, and is designed with a focus on mobile interaction with email, rather than as simply a reader before switching to a desktop version.

The purchase has been somewhat of a poorly kept secret after Microsoft accidentally posted a URL to the company’s blog page announcing the purchase, long before any official statement was made.

Only 18 months old, Acompli’s CEO Javier Saltero also took to Acompli’s own blog to announce the purchase and when discussing the app’s future said, “Over the next few months, we’ll be sharing more about the exciting product plans we have as Acompli becomes a part of Microsoft.

“We remain committed to the original Acompli vision of making the best mobile email application on any platform and across all services. Your app and accounts will continue to work and the team will continue on our fast pace of improving and adding new functionality every couple of weeks.”

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Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic