Last week there was a blank blog post from Microsoft Corporate vice president Rajesh Jha that hit the blogosphere via RSS feeds last week. And that news was immediately picked up various tech blogs and got circulated all over the internet. But nobody had any full details or whether that was true or not until today. Now this is confirmed by If you wonder what Acompli is, it is a mobile email app with calendaring support. You may wonder when there are so many email clients available why Acompli. The core difference between Acompli and the rest is the way it organizes the mail, which helps the users to find the most important emails in their inbox easily. It is available for both iOS and Android. Recently Acompli raised $7.3 million, which might’ve attracted Microsoft and lured them to buy it. You may think when Microsoft already has Outlook, Outlook.com, Outlook Web App (OWA), Mail client for Windows Tablets, why do they need another one. Good question. This fits the new agenda of Microsoft “Mobile First, Cloud First.” Also Microsoft is delivering apps for android, iOS in addition to their own platform Windows. And they could extend this for their own platform on mobile. The current OWA can be pinned for Windows Phones, and OWA client is available for iOS and android, but it is nowhere near Acompli.
Neither Microsoft, nor Acompli, a startup founded by Javier Soltero, disclosed the price, but Re/Code valued it at more than $200 million.
Javier Soltero blogged, which confirmed the news of the purchase by 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.”