Microsoft raids App Store for popular cross-platform email app

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Accompli. Photo: Acompli
Acompli's powerful email app is now owned by Microsoft. Photo: Acompli

Microsoft is digging its roots deeper into iOS and Android this week with the announcement that it has acquired the popular cross-platform email app Acompli.

News of the Acompli acquisition was posted today on Microsoft’s company blog, with VP of Office, Rajesh Jha, saying the company plans to integrate the app into the Outlook redesign his team is currently working on.

“We’re excited about what’s possible as we build on the app’s success and bring it together with work currently in progress by the Outlook team. Our goal is to deliver fantastic cross-platform apps that support the variety of email services people use today and help them accomplish more.”

The Acompli acquisition will reportedly cost Microsoft around $200 million, but the company’s existing app for iOS and Android isn’t going anywhere. Accounts will continue to work and Acompli CEO Javier Soletero promises that new functionality and improvements will still be released every few weeks.

Accompli is a free email app that works on both iPhone, iPad and Android, with support for Hotmail, Office 365, Gmail, iCloud, Yahoo and other email services. It’s unique feature set allows treats email more like task management, with the ability to schedule meetings, edit your calendar, and keeps your most important emails at the top.

Microsoft hasn’t detailed exactly what it plans to do with its new powerhouse email app yet, but Acompli says it will announce more product plans in the coming months.

Source: Acompli