Microsoft Acquires Mobile E-Mail App Startup Acompli

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.

'Bittersweet' Transition

Acompli's app is available at no cost through both Apple's iTunes App Store and Google Play. It enables mobile users to...

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