Microsoft announced the acquisition of Acompli, which makes a range of “innovative” mobile email apps for iOS and Android.
In a post on the official Microsoft blog, Rajseh Jha, corporate VP for the Outlook and Office 365 products, said the acquisition is part of the company’s effort to help people accomplish more with their mobile devices.
“These are significant steps in our work to deliver the best productivity experiences across mobile platforms, and we’re continuing to push forward,” noted Jha.
Acompli’s app enables users to focus on the important information in their inbox, schedule meetings and work with attachments and files. It connects to a range of email and storage services, including those provided by Apple, Dropbox, Google and Box, providing a single place to manage content.
Jha said that Microsoft plans to bring Acompli’s features together with the latest developments in the Outlook technology, to deliver “fantastic cross-platform apps that support the variety of email services people use today and help them accomplish more”.
He added that the technology and people acquired through the deal “will expedite our work to deliver the full power of Office to mobile devices”.
Microsoft recently unveiled a preview of Office for Android tablets, along with enhancements to the iPad and iOS versions of Office, including the ability to create and edit content without a subscription for the Office 365 cloud service.
The company said the new apps mean “iPhone and Android tablet customers can tap into the same experience that people with Office for iPad have enjoyed”.
Microsoft has seen more than 40 million downloads of Office for iPad since its launch earlier this year. Some features remain the preserve of Office 365 subscribers however, with Microsoft presumably hoping it can upsell some users to the full version.