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Microsoft confirms it is acquiring the Acompli iOS and Android email app

Microsoft has confirmed that it will indeed acquire Acompli, the creators of a popular email app for iOS and Android platforms. This news was expected following a leaked URL on Microsoft's site last week that suggested the deal was going to be announced soon.

Microsoft stated:

"We're excited about what's possible as we build on the app's success and bring it together with work currently in progress by the Outlook team. Our goal is to deliver fantastic cross-platform apps that support the variety of email services people use today and help them accomplish more. This acquisition brings us an app with innovative technology and a set of talented people who are passionate about reinventing email and communications on mobile screens. It will expedite our work to deliver the full power of Office to mobile devices."

Microsoft did not reveal how much they paid for Acompli, although Re/code claims, via their unnamed sources, that the price was "north of $200 million." In his own post, Acompli CEO Javier Soltero wrote:

"Over the next few months, we'll be sharing more about the exciting product plans we have as Acompli becomes a part of Microsoft. We remain committed to the original Acompli vision of making the best mobile email application on any platform and across all services. Your app and accounts will continue to work and the team will continue on our fast pace of improving and adding new functionality every couple of weeks."

Source: Microsoft, Re/code

108 Comments
  • Acompli app for Windows?
  • My guess is the app goes away and the tech merges into Outlook.
  • Now there's a name I haven't seen in very long. Totally forgot you existed, man.
  • So you are saying that the default app on Windows and windows phone will be this one? Probably?
  • What he probably means is that the apps will stay on other platforms but accompli will come to Windows as an improved Mail experience.
  • Or that the app will not come to Windows but it's features will. Which I'm actually hoping for, since the email system of Windows phone is perfect for my needs. I've just installed it on my oneplus next to my outlook.com app. I wonder if I need both... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Kinda wish it wouldn't. I've been wanting e-mail to be a stand-alone app since WP8.1 came along. Though I'm also scared of the notion seeing how they failed miserably with the way they separated Music+Video.
  • Separating hard coded OS functions and making it an app is the stupidest thing Microsoft has done. Look at the games center, that shit used to be quick and snappy and now it takes time to load the games list every time I go into the app. My Xbox live avatar and achievements half the time get stuck loading/refreshing.
  • Yes, I agree with that. However it makes support and updates easier. Right now, you have to wait for an OS update to get new features on e-mail. If they made the app stand-alone, you wouldn't. However, I won't dispute the fact that the way they separated the Music+Videos and Games hubs was the not best one.
  • Now that Microsoft bought Nokia, making music and other apps as a stand-alone app meaningless. Microsoft is gonna have more power than Nokia did.
  • @brunoadduarte:
    Xbox music + video hub is an excellent example why the separation from the OS is stupid.
    I know they claim the reason was to make the app separately updateable from the OS.
    But who wanted/needed those updates? When it was part of the OS it worked flawlessly.
    So they BROKE it in the process of FIXING a problem, NOBODY HAD.
  • Uh, no there music hub did not work flawlessly. There were a ton of bugs, and seriously lacking in features. I do not like how they separated it from the OS. But with only Apple getting there special treatment with OS updates, Microsoft HAD to do something to get needed updates out faster.
  • So you've drunk the kool aid. Making it an app doesn't bring anything quicker! An app only means it will be a watered down product. I can't believe some people believe this sh**! Plus they don't have to wait a year for an OS update. And even so, its still better than incremental crap passed off as a quick update. Some people will fall for anything. Have you learned nothing from XBox music????
  • If an app written using the public API is so poor compared to one built into the OS, the answer isn't to move it back to the OS private API. The answer is to fix the public API. I suspect that an unstated internal motivation for these changes is to 'dogfood' WinRT and improve things for Windows 10. At least it better be. If MS has this much trouble, what hope is there for 3rd party devs to write good apps?
  • Yeah.Maybe MS will port this app onto all Microsoft devices making it "One" for all app on Windows10.That would be a great deal and also less time consuming.
  • Specially if it could use other e-mail providers properly. My e-mail and calendar apps on Windows are a mess thanks to MS inability to make them work with GMail.
  • You can blame Google for MS products having a problem with Google services; not Microsoft.
  • Not entirely. Google Calendar can work on WP's calendar, but doesn't work on the Windows version.
  • Exactly. the tech and features will be integrated into outlook. Say goodbye to the actual app.
  • @Daniel Rubino:
    By "app" you refer to the existing ones for iOS and Android?
    Microsoft stated they will keep them.
  • Great so now iOS and Android users will get a better email client from Microsoft!!!!!
  • You are so right..
  • This app is already available on IOS and android. Microsoft just acquired the company. You're not exactly giving them much time to make a WP app. Plus, as Daniel stated in the comment above, this will likely be integrated into outlook.
  • Guys, what is the point of the sarcasm? Nadelle has stated that Microsoft remains committed to its core business of software across any device. This acquisition will probably mean a port to WP. But at the very least its another experience that other platforms will have that could funnel business into their own ecosystem. This is big picture stuff. The WP app would then unify the experience across devices regardless of OS. This doesn't make sense to a WP user whose sole motivation for being on this platform is differentiation but to big picture users, this can be good news. We just have to see how they leverage this acquisition.
  • That's the problem with Microsoft right there, they are commited to bringing software to ALL platforms but that doesn't mean Windows first!!!
  • Mobile first. Not WP first Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android
  • Last time I looked WP was a mobile platform as well.
  • Not a problem to shareholders I assure you! The more the merrier!!
  • @neo158:
    I've come a long way from expecting "Windows first" down to "Windows at all".
    But Microsoft doesn't even seem to ducking care about this smallest gesture of "reaching an olive branch" to their most loyal customers.
  • I love how when the logic of sound business practice is vacated, someone throws in "big picture" like the rest of us are just too simple to understand.  Pictures of any size can be complete failures and in the long run, I believe that Nadella's love affair with Android and iOS at the expense of his own internal brand will have a negative effect. Inclusion of other platforms is fine.  I don't think most people are debating that fact.  What should never happen is that Microsoft puts out apps that are exclusively on other platforms, even for a time limited duration. Office Sway, for example, will be hitting iOS first with no concrete date for Windows Phone.  Is that "big picture"?  It's a bigger pictuure than any company in any industry has ever operated under, as far as I know.  Name a company that puts out a product for the competition BEFORE it releases it for its own brand.  That's not "big picture", that's "big puncture" as they sap the life of their own brands. While Microsoft is falling all over themselves to give touch friendly Office for free to tablet users on iOS and Android, Widows users can't even pay for it, yet. Big picture?   In fact, Windows with Bing tablet owners don't get ANY free versions of Office apps.  Android and iOS users were freed from the burden of Office 365 subscriptions for creating and editing on tablets.  Windows users still have to pay just to even VIEW since there are no free Office apps for Windows with Bing because they are classifiying it as a desktop OS.  Big picture? Skype being superior on competing platforms. Big picture? Skype Qik releasing on all platforms, but Windows Phone version doesn't have EVERY feature at launch.   The best example of Microsoft doing something right, or at least in line with what people would call good business is the Band.  It came out working on all platforms at launch, BUT it works best with Windows Phone via the Cortana integration.  That's leveraging a differentiating feature of a product that could actually lure in new users.  Giving Office and other apps away to other platforms in a better package than your own platform doesn't gain new customers. It keeps them right where they are because they can get the best of Microsoft AND all the other app advantages they already enjoy.  That's where the "big picture" talk loses credibility, in my opinion. If sending people running to iOS and Android = big picture is your definition, then you might be right.  I actually think that is Nadella's plan.  I think he'd like to devalue all areas that aren't Azure, Office and Windows until the board lets him shutter or sell them.  It will take longer with Windows Phone because of the large cost of the Nokia deal, but it still seems to be happening.
  • The example you used for the band is a good one. However, what about the other services you mentioned. In what way could they have been leveraged to work better with WP than on iOS and Android? You have to bear in mind though, that there's competition between services on iOS and Android. They had to throw them something with Office to steal people from Polaris and the likes.
  • They could start with putting out new versions and new features on Windows devices first.  Every other example I showed, Microsoft either launched on another platform first or the other platfom had features that the Windows platform users had to wait for....or are still waiting for.  You do bring up an unrelated good point. Only Windows phone users cry and moan about "unofficial" apps, while iOS and Android users just use whatever is the best option.  That rant is for another day. :) 
  • Lets not forget PowerBI which will debut on iOS first, even the preview!!!
  • Thansk.  I didn't mention that one because honestly, I had no idea what it was. I read that it was going to be on iOS first but didn't read any further.
  • With Gmail/Yahoo mail Support
  • MS is a products and services company. There's more money to be made on the platforms that have more users than on the one that has less users. That's not to say that they shouldn't build quality apps for the in-house OS, but making apps for other OSs makes sense and I'm kind of amazed at how people fail to realize that.
  • More money from free apps, how? The point is that Microsoft fail to put their own platform FIRST, you don't think Google and Apple got their respective mobile OSs where they are now by focusing on competing platforms do you?
  • Lol... Free... Castrated apps with subscription services and ads (even if they do not show up in the app, the information is still collected and then shows up in the web service, for example)... There is no such thing as a free app. Not paying for an app doesn't make it free.
  • Riiight, so the version of Office Mobile on iOS and Android that can create, edit and view documents for free with no ads isn't actually free!!!!!
  • But it does have a subscription service, like I mentioned, doesn't it? Stop using only parts of my speech agains me to make yours work. What matters, and you really should get thins in your head, is having people using MS's services
  • Android and iOS no longer have the Office 365 subscription requirment, nor do they have ads.  Only Windows users have to subscribe to get Office on their tablets unless they have an ever rare RT version. It's funny how people use outdated information and then laugh at other people while telling them that they don't "get it".
  • I never said it was a requirement... You can create and edit, but, as far as I know, you can't save to the cloud without a subscription. Specially if it's a work related document.
  • The main point being that Windows tablets get NOTHING, NO OFFICE APPS, not even a VIEWER, unless they have an Office 365 subscription.  Microsoft is focusing too much energy on giving away everything to iOS and Android.  Yes, you can save to OneDrive, at least. You are correct that in a work related environment, you are supposed to pay to get full features. 
  • Replying again because you edited your post. Thing is... iOS and Android got here first. They don't need to do that. To get people to use WP you've got to captivate them on other platform by educating them on how good MS services are. You're foccusing too much on WP. MS doesn't make WP and Windows only. It has lots of other services that simply can't be exclusive to Windows, because they need to be utilized to be profitable. And that means that they have to be available on other platforms. Being exclusive is wrong in what regards to services, because switching platforms is easy. But switching services is a pain in the ass. I'd much rather have my MS services on other platforms and still use them if I ever switch than having to switch everything to other services and have a never ending headache every time I need to switch phones.
  • What about the apps created by Microsoft that haven't been released on WP or the versions that WP has that lack the same features as the other platforms. Last time I looked WP was a Microsoft platform and as such should come first. I'm not saying that Microsoft shouldn't have their services and apps on other platforms but their priority should be WP.
  • No, it shouldn't. Less users, less money... The platform needs to grow more to become a top priority. There's time to get things running properly on WP. But they can't be fast enough to get their services working properly on other platforms simply because a lot of people got there first with similar services. They need to be fast and efficient and once everything is working properly, WP can become a bigger priority. But it can't be one now.
  • How is WP going to grow when Microsoft don't seem bothered? What does that say to developers? It's a chicken and the egg scenario, if Microsoft don't focus on WP then devs won't focus on it and it won't grow. I get that they want their services on ALL platforms but it seems to be at the expense of growing their own platform to become a real competitor to iOS and Android.
  • Well said. Time people face reality. MS recognizes that they were gradually falling behind on other platforms. You take your victories wherever you can, in this case the sheer user base of ios and android forced them to make them priority or risk extinction on those platforms. Only he who adapts survives, the others become history pretty fast in the tech world..
  • I think you're thinking is in line with the new engineers in charge at Microsoft.  Unfortunately, I think it means the end of Windows Phone...and Bing...and eventually even XBox.  If Microsoft can't lead by example, how do they approach other developers to develop for the plaform?  In that scenario, Windows Phone never gets the development support and simply dies.  In my opinion, Microsoft should leverage their stronger parts to assist the growth of their weaker parts.  It is counter productive to feed the competing platforms that are crushing your own.  Giving away everything to iOS and Android isn't guaranteed to bring in more money.  We can come up with a formula that a certain percentage of Office users, for example, might upgrade to Office 365.  Most of those will be in corporate environments where they would have to pay, anyway.  I don't see significant revenue growth with this strategy.     
  • You need to back this reasoning up with actual data. I can assure you the accountants at MS are not working for Santa Claus! You think they haven't done their homework before deciding on this subscription model?? Look, lets modestly assume 10 dollars each from say 10 million iOS and Android users. That's already a 100 million. That doesn't look like free to me. If they'd ignored this well those users would have found alternatives. We should also consider the effect of locking people into your service. Once users adapt to something its not so easy to dislodge them! MS recognizes this. If they allow Polaris et al to secure the mobile office field, it would be another uphill battle all over again like they are facing with WP. Then they would be struggling on two fronts. I can assure you that those within MS have far greater stake in these decisions than either of us, they don't choose it lightly! We should give them some space!
  • You bring up a couple of things that I'd like to discuss. 1.  Just because someone has a title in an big organization doesn't make them infallable.  Doctors kill people from being incompetent, as an example.  Can we stop saying that "I'm sure that (insert person in a job) knows what they are talking about"?  If that was the case, then every company would be doing well all the time.  Besides, the job (accountant) that you're talking about isn't making these projections.  Actually, I haven't seen any projections of this. This all comes from people in forums.  2.  Let's be clear, that there is NO DATA for me to use.  There has been no time in any industry where a company falls all over themselves to give everything away to users of a competing product to see how many of those users will just switch.  In my memory, we have no historical data to draw from.  In fact, I'd say those who claim to have a "bigger picture" view than I do, should come with the data to support what they are seeing.  I'm guessing that these are all just hopeful projections, which is the term they use in business plans and quartely reports because using the word "guessing" doesn't breed confidence. 3.  How are you coming up with assumption 10 million NEW subscribers that wouldn't already be on a corporate plan will be paying up?  4. You have a point about people inside having different stakes than the rest of us.  To that end, if they continue on this path, shouldn't the users who have different stakes, vacate?  If the plan is to cater to competing platforms in a way that going to them is the best way to get the best of Microsoft, what is advantage of being a loyal user?  I'm not 100% certain that's where this is going, but it seems like devaluing the parts of the company that Satya doesn't like, is happening. If the Nokia deal hadn't been done, I wouldn't have been surprised to see Windows Phone go the way of Kin and Zune, by now.
  • Microsoft doesn't make WP only, but they DO make WP and it needs their attention.  People aren't leaving iOS and Android because they love the new version of Office.  In fact, they read about how Office is BETTER on iOS and Android, thus cementing the fact that they are better right where they are.  Office is available on Mac and PC, but Mac use is growing while Windows use is shrinking.  That's counter to the predictions that you are making.  The fact is that they are getting the best of Microsoft and they have every other app/service in the world.  What about that scenario is baiting them to switch?  
  • Exactly, this is the major shift with the CEO change, and it wasn't a secret, not sure why everyone is surprised.
  • Surprised and even offended. Let's consider for a moment that WP stops being made for some odd reason and yet, lots of users still want to use MS services. Wouldn't it be better to have them on the other platforms and working properly, than not having them? I'd like to have them in all honesty.
     
  • That's not a problem but the issue is that Microsoft isn't putting their own platform first and that I do have a problem with.
  • They are putting their own product first; Office365. It brings in more money than WP.
  • You've missed the point I'm trying to make by a mile, I'm talking about the apps and services on WP.
  • How many people are there on Android and iOS using MS services? How many people are there on WP using MS services? They're foccusing where they need to focus... Simple logic.
  • 1. Don't know, care to provide some figures? 2. Everyone using Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1
  • Stop being stubborn, you know full well, that there a lots more people using MS services on other platforms than on WP. Everyone? Everyone on Windows 8.1 may very well be using Open Office instead of Office, Dropbox instead of Onedrive, Gmail instead of Outlook and the list goes on. While everyone uses Windows, sames doesn't hold true to WP. There are more people using Windows/Android or Windows/iOS than people using Windows/WP. There are single handedly more people on one of the first two combinations than on the third one. That alone is enough to make MS focus more on Android and iOS.
  • Sounds like what you're basically saying is , its not worth Microsoft's time to even give WP parity with competing platforms because there are fewer users, which of course will never change because the platform doesnt grow as there are no compelling reasons to switch to it, which means 3rd party devs also ignore it. And the reason for all that is because Microsoft is preoccupied with satisfying ios and android users. So the question then becomes, whats the point of WP? With WP's success obviously now secondary to Microsoft's other services is there even a future for WP?
  • There is a future for WP. What I'm trying to make clear is that there's time to make everything work on WP. I hate to go cliche on people but we don't know what they're cooking up on Win10. They have to captivate people to use their services on other platforms while they work on them on their own platform, so one day, hopefully soon, people will consider it because the services are so good that they may as well be on WP as they may be better. I love WP but I still think it's not ready to compete and I honestly believe that there's some furious work being done on it without us knowing about it. Not to mention, apart from the platform war, there's also the service war. People on iOS and Android are entrenched in Dropbox, Box, Polaris Office and many other services that aren't from MS. Something had to be done to steal them from those services and get them on board with MS services... And that comes in the form of quality apps. If the apps were crap, no one would use them and the MS image would be further tarnished. "If they can't make a single app work, imagine what kind of crap WP will be" kinds of thoughts would rapidly come to people's minds if the apps sucked. And back to the other services they would go and not even pondering a WP.
  • Its a priority thing. If you have X limited resources, you distribute it according to the most promising formula, not according to what 'feels' right. The numbers clearly show where the user base is at the moment, and its not on WP. Obviously, MS wants WP to succeed, they have far more at stake than you or I who can decamp to any platform at any time. However, they also have to balance this with reality else they may lose far more in the long run!
  • Cool. Microsoft is clearly serious about being cross platform.
  • Because they haven't always been?  The difference now is that they are more concerned with cross-platform at the expense of their own.
  • more apps for ios and android from Microsoft
  • Great, a refresh of the Windows Phone email app is long overdue.
  • Now kill Android version with fire.
  • I second this!
  • No, amazon won't kill Android. Use glass.
  • First task - get this on Windows Phone to replace the current e-mail app as default.
  • Hell will freeze over before this appears on Windows Phone, Microsoft care more about iOS and Android than their own platform.
  • That'll be in Windows 11..... :)
  • If there is a Windows 11 for ARM considering how much WP is sidelined these days in favour of iOS and Android.
  • Dude, shut up... =/
  • Microsoft, I don't see Andriod or Apple telling developers, make your App for Windows Phone as well, it is a requirement !
  • I don't see you telling them that either... =P
  • Good
  • You know one thing, in my Lumia device as well as office outlook2013, I need to manually configure aliases of hotmail and outlook. On web, the experience is far better, I can select from which account I can share the mail through. This is something missing seriously from my device, it's irritating, and the worst part is if I try to manually config my other aliases to my device, it says already exist, and nor can able to config through exchange. For outlook 2013, it dose it easily, then why not on device. So, I fell this acompli app should merge the features with outlook rather than having the app separately. Please! There are certain features which gmail is far better, please take that into consideration as well. I don't use it.
  • You still use aliases..? =s
  • Yes, I do! For priority mails and delivering ot to right inbox. I found outlook simple and better.
  • I smell a good email experience for windows phone.
  • I wish they'd acquire xamarin instead
  • Not a big deal. Microsoft will still support IOS and android, unlike when the other two buy companies just to end support for windows phone.
  • Are half the people here just f*****g retarded? "MS doesn't care about WP!!!! no!!! lolz #MSexposed!!!! My blood is boiling!!!! iOS/Android only!!" Um... They acquired the company. Wtf are people expecting this app to do? Create the app in 12 hours?
  • No we don't. We expect Microsoft to put WP first but, like always, WP will be an afterthought.
  • Grow up...
  • What are you even talking about? They bought an app that was only on iOS and Android. I can't think of any way they can "put WP first" unless they immediately pulled both apps and made it WP only. Is that what you want???
  • You need to relax. I haven't been able to read most of this comment section because of you.
  • I didn't realise I needed your permission to comment on here!!!!
  • Clearly you don't, but hammering home this point you're trying to make by commenting as much as possible is going to make others completely ignore you, report you, and not take you seriously. You're echoing a sentiment a lot of us have with being WP adopters, but you need to understand how busines works and the strategy that Microsoft has to take to stay relevant. All I'm saying is we all get it, just chill a bit. And if you're so unhappy, switch to Apple or Google.
  • This is a strategy to the heart of google...The most apps from MS to google and apple the most dependent they become on MS and in the end google would have no other option but to play nice across platforms of face scrutiny from government agencies similar to what hit MS in the 90s where it blocked other apps in its is windows OS.
  • What Apps from Google do you want (or miss) on Windows Phone? And i don't speak of apps from Android but of apps directly from Google. I don't miss the Google Search (i've ben contented with Bing), Google Maps (Here Maps FTW) or Google Drive (why using GDrive if you can use SkyDrive?). OK, Youtube could be interessting, but for now MetroTube is more than enough for me.
  • To be honest, I do not use google, just YouTube and for that as you said I use metrotube, but for the malice of goggle as a company to refuse anything from the competition I think MS will kill goggle with kindness sort of speak.
  • Hopefully it will be possible to add files to an already started mail... Makes no sense that you can only search for pics to add to a mail...
  • I saw the promo for accompli, it works very well from what I could see... =D
  • Hopefully this helps improve the default mail app in WP.
  • Never heard of beside Windows phone regular email integration is just fine for me I get my Gmail and yahoo mail separately in each but I don't need another email account so am fine with two
  • The problem with your statement is that Google and Apple are putting their platform first, they don't care about others. Google slightly less so than Apple. Apple is a hardware company. They want you using their hardware and nothing else. Microsoft is a software company. They want you using their software. They don't really care what the platform is. The services are more important. They aren't throwing their platform away, but they don't want to (and probably shouldn't) sacrifice the time to market for their software just to provide for a relatively small market.
  • 200 million, GTFO Coolest Man Alive
  • Microsoft strategy buy every app that's not on Windows
  • Microsoft statements always begins with: We are excited about... hahah
  • Or... Coming soon©
  • And the crying continues. smdh!
  • Hmm.... Just tried it on my Moto X. It's pretty awesome.
  • Let me see... Microsoft=Software Company... Seems legit. Hardware is second to support said software company. Thems da facts.
  • Hurry up and roll out denim Microsoft!
  • I've never used the app but from everything I've read, it's pretty good, so hopefully, Microsoft will take the best of this app and SMOOTHLY integrate it into the existing Outlook architecture.