Not everyone is good at keeping secrets, are they?  Take Microsoft for example; they have confirmed, after accidentally leaking their plans, that they are to purchase email startup Acompli for an undisclosed amount. The company came to prominence thanks to its synonymous app for Android and iOS, which has been very favourably reviewed by numerous people, earlier in 2014. It is assumed that Acompli originally caught Microsoft’s eye with their extensive support for the company’s Exchange servers.

Although limited Exchange email and calendar compatibility is ingrained into both Google and Apple’s mobile OS.  Acompli is capable of handling tasks such as responding to invites, creating events and managing your contacts lists; all in a manner that is more reminiscent of Microsoft’s Outlook application than a third-party app.

Because of this, an corporate acquisition makes a great deal of sense, Microsoft may choose to either re-badge the application something similar to ‘Outlook Mobile or maybe they can use it as the corner stone for a new Outlook app for the iOS and Android platforms.

The app is freely available to download, in case you wanted to see what all the fuss is about before Microsoft decides how they want to play ball.  Currently the app is available as a free download for Android and iOS.

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SOURCE: http://www.engadget.com/2014/12/01/microsoft-acquires-email-startup-acompli/?ncid=rss_truncated