Microsoft acquires Intentional Software to bolster its productivity apps

Microsoft has announced (opens in new tab) 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.

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.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • Love acquisitions 💕 Apart from the Nokia one...
  • Nokia made Windows mobile development up and running FYI, if not Msft would have discontinued it long ago.
  • Does it make me weird that I get more excited about productivity improvements over consumer focused features? I just love everything that will make me work better and more efficiently.
  • You're so "kinky".
  • Whatever novel concepts and solutions that Intentional and Mr. Simonyi crafted, I hope Microsoft is open enough to allow the team to apply them and keep innovating to eventually improve their (Microsoft's) productivity offerings.
  • Microsoft has been more like this in recent years, so chances are that will happen. 🙏🏼
  • Great news. No apps for the lazy and stupid. That's for iPhone and Android.
  • Or like the rest of us refer to them, "The Other 99.999999%"
  • Looks like Bryan Roper has a legacy around here
  • Did someone say Microsoft and apps in the same sentence without using the word dead?