Microsoft has bought yet another mobile app developer, this time for its Skype division. The company has acquired the team that launched the Talko business team messaging app for iOS and Android in September 2014.
Talko was founded by former Microsoft Chief Technical Officer and Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie. However, he has confirmed in an email to ZDNet he won't be joining the rest of the Talko team when they start working for Microsoft.
In a post on Microsoft's blog, Gurdeep Singh Pall, the Corporate Vice President for Skype, stated:
"I welcome the new team members and am excited about how Talko will fuel more innovation at Microsoft, whether it is enhancing the way family members stay in touch with Skype or building on the new Skype for Business services within Office 365. This is another example of our company ambition to reinvent productivity and business processes. We continue to invest in new technologies to empower people to more effectively communicate and collaborate across their personal and professional lives."
In its own blog post, the Talko team stated the iOS and Android apps will be shut down in March 2016, but the company is working on a way to export past Talko conversations. It added:
"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. "
Specific financial details on this acquisition were not revealed.