Microsoft has announced plans to acquire Intentional Software, a company focused on building better productivity experiences in software. For Microsoft, the acquisition represents an opportunity to bolster its current and future productivity applications and tools, ranging from office to Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft acquires Intentional Software to bolster its productivity apps

From Microsoft:

This acquisition will build on the work we're already doing to deliver the tools necessary to be productive in an information-rich world. Intentional Software's technology and talent will enhance our existing capabilities and strengthen our ability to add new tools and services to Microsoft's robust productivity offering. We're excited about the company's work on productivity applications, especially given our focus of putting people at the center of experiences and our continued effort to reimagine collaboration.

Interestingly, Intentional Software was originally founded by a former Microsoft employee, Charles Simonyi. At Microsoft, Simonyi oversaw the creation of Word and Excel, among others. After founding Intentional Software in 2002, Simonyi focused his efforts on making programming less complicated, eventually leading the Intentional Software team to "develop productivity scenarios for the future workforce."

Under the terms of the deal, Simonyi will be heading back to Microsoft along with members of the Intentional Software team. From Simonyi:

I am excited, stoked, amped, and elated to join forces again with Microsoft, the premier high-tech company in the world. I am very happy that after this deal is completed, the talented team at Intentional will have a fantastic new home to continue our work and contribute to great products.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. For more, you can check out full statements from Charles Simonyi and Intentional Software CEO Eric Anderson at Intentional's website.