Microsoft Acquiring Acompli
Acompli is one of the most successful email client apps out there currently. It used to be an iOS exclusive app but has been spread to Android quite recently and has been a success too with newly introduced features. With positive reviews all around it is no wonder that any large companies would be interested to absorb this start-up into the companies. One thing that plenty of reviewers notice though is its similarity to Microsoft’s Outlook application for the computers. Microsoft’s email exchange application is a bliss to work with on a desktop or laptop but it has no mobile app, or no working mobile app yet so far. With the rise of the smartphones it only makes sense that Microsoft would put a step into taking advantage and evolve its Outlook app into a mobile friendly app.
Recently Microsoft announced that they are acquiring this successful start-up. For how much? They do not disclose as of yet but this announcement was made very shortly after there was an initial confusion that was caused by a leak in their official blog. So what does this acquisition mean for Microsoft? Microsoft has been trying to create a good email exchange app for mobile for years. With no avail they need to approach the issue differently. The acquisition of Acompli could just be the breakthrough that Microsoft needs in this matter.
They could be using Acompli in one of two ways from here on out. The first way would be to keep using Acompli but rename it to probably Microsoft Outlook Mobile or somewhere along that line. It saves them time and development money while piggybacking on the success of the exchange app. They could also keep Acompli as it is and learn from the design cues, coding and programming of the app to create a totally new Outlook app with different feels and more optimised functions. For all you know they could be in an effort to bring this app to their Windows Phone platform too. The Acompli app is currently available for free on the Apple’s iTunes App Store and Android’s Google Play Store.