Microsoft Acquires Talko, A Chat App Developed By An Ex-Microsoft Executive
Dec 22 2015
"We continue to invest in new technologies to empower people to more effectively communicate and collaborate across their personal and professional lives". Microsoft will be acquiring Talko's technology and talent, and its employees will be joining the Skype division to work on Microsoft's communication services.
Terms of the deals were not immediately disclosed. The product combined conference communication, messaging, and calling in a single app; Talko boasts that it had "thousands of businesses" using the service on a daily basis.
Partners cheered the acquisition as a win for Microsoft's Office 365 portfolio, which they said can now include Talko's text, voice and video capabilities to enable streamlined communication.
Microsoft is buying another company started by Ray Ozzie, but this time the experienced tech exec is not coming along.
Microsoft intends to bring those features into Skype and Skype for Business.
Microsoft now has Talko resources to enhance Skype functionality
Notably, Talko was founded by Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's former CTO and chief software architect, and someone once referred to by Bill Gates as one of the best programmers on the planet.
A post at Talko.com characterized the decision to sell as choosing between its current status of "filling a (passionate) niche" of users or having a broader impact.
Talko will be fully transitioned over to Skype by March 2016, at which point the service will be shut down.
"I think this is a very smart acquisition for further adding to Microsoft's initial Skype investment", said Michael Goldstein, president and CEO of LAN Infotech, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Microsoft partner. According to Talko, it has been acquired to improve Skype and Skype for Business, though precise details about what that means haven't been stated. Talko joins a laundry list of other purchases over the past year, including the acquisitions of companies behind Wunderlist and Sunrise Calendar.