Microsoft acquires mobile email startup

Microsoft has acquired Acompli, a developer working on bringing the functionality of Outlook on the desktop PC to mobiles. Acompli reportedly makes it easier to deal with email attachments on your phone, and also puts contacts and calendar into the same app, and handles attachments from Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive.

In a blog post, Rajesh Jha, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Outlook and Office 365, wrote, “This year we brought Office to the iPad and the iPhone, and we recently announced that we’re bringing Office to Android devices. These are significant steps in our work to deliver the best productivity experiences across mobile platforms, and we’re continuing to push forward.

“In a world where more than half of email messages are first read on a mobile device, it’s essential to give people fantastic email experiences wherever they go. The Acompli team is passionate about this quest. Their app provides innovative ways to focus on what’s important in your inbox, to schedule meetings, and work with attachments and files. 

“Users love how it connects to all email services and provides a single place to manage email with a focus on getting things done. It consistently receives enthusiastic feedback from users and strong app store ratings. Reviews have called it “your new best friend,” “brilliant” and “must have for BYOD.”

He signs off with a promise that Microsoft “will expedite our work to deliver the full power of Office to mobile devices. “