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Microsoft acquires communication tool Talko to bolster Skype

  • Microsoft has acquired
    mobile messaging application company Talko, and said it would utilise the
    latter’s technology in its instant messaging and video conference service
    Skype, reported
    Gadgets360.
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  • Neither of the
    • Microsoft has acquired
      mobile messaging application company Talko, and said it would utilise the
      latter’s technology in its instant messaging and video conference service
      Skype, reported
      Gadgets360.
    •  
    • Neither of the
      companies shared the financial details of the acquisition.
    •  
    • Boston-based startup
      Talko is built by a team led by Ray Ozzie, a former Microsoft Chief Technology
      Officer. The app was launched in September 2014 and offered users the ability
      to create multi-person conversations by combining voice, text, photos.
    •  
    • As part of the deal,
      the Talko team – except Ozzie – will join Microsoft.
    •  
    • Talko, which is
      slightly similar to the Slack communication tool, offers users the ability to
      include texts, photos, audio conversations in an evolving timeline.
    •  
    • “… As engaged
      as many of you have been, the reality is that the broad-based success of communications
      apps tends to be binary: A small number of apps earn and achieve great viral
      growth, while most fall into some stable niche. For all the value and enjoyment
      it’s delivered, and for all the team’s listening and perseverance, Talko was
      largely on the path to filling a (passionate) niche. We’re in this to have
      great impact, so it’s time for a change,” Talko said in a blogpost.
    •  
    • “Today we’re
      announcing that Talko’s been acquired by Microsoft to help fuel future
      innovation in Skype and Skype for Business. As part of the Skype team, we’ll
      leverage Talko’s technology and the many things we’ve learned during its design
      and development. We’ll strive to deliver the best of our product’s innovations
      far more broadly than on our current path.”
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    • In another blog post,
      Gurdeep Singh Pall, Skype’s Corporate Vice President, announced that Talko will
      help Skype make it easier for family members to stay in touch as well as build
      new features and capabilities in both Skype and Skype for Business.

     

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