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Microsoft reportedly snatches up Office plug-in maker LiveLoop

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Though Microsoft hasn't yet made an announcement about the acquisition, ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley said that a Microsoft spokesperson has confirmed the deal. Further pointing to a potential acquisition is a message on LiveLoop's website that notes that it will shut down on April 24:

"LiveLoop will be shutting down permanently on April 24th, 2015. New user registration and presentation upload have been disabled.Existing LiveLoop users: if you have any data you would like to retrieve from LiveLoop, please do so before April 24th. On April 24th, all presentations and user data will be permanently deleted"

As Foley notes, LiveLoop's first product was a plug-in for PowerPoint that enabled multiple-user collaboration on a particular project. If Microsoft has indeed snapped up the company, it could be in an effort to build out the collaboration features of its services.

Source: ZDNet

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14 Comments
  • *not relevant to article, cant post in forum for some reason.*
    Is anyone else experiencing problems with their phones contacts? My phone randomly decided to wipe out a shitload of contacts and now my message threads are all fucked up.. Come on now WP
  • Some Outlook based profile pictures were deleted for me. But I did not loose any contacts.
  • It happened same with me, it is just your backup messed up. Clear your backup, and turn it off. And start afresh, and if you're concerned about your texts, like I am, then you use transfer my data to export all your contacts and texts to sd card regularly.
  • The key is turn your backup off, for everything, even your apps, it might even mess up your pre installed apps and grey there tile out, and you won't be able to open it.
  • Thanks man, I was about to flip.
  • Sure, don't go looking for it in forums especially MSFT answers you wont get much help from so called officials.
  • Yeah those people are always saying hard reset without restoring backup, oh and the problem might come back anyway
  • Just don't turn on the back up for anything (photos are fine).
  • Sometimes the service goes out. Happened to my family like three times last year, twice in an iPhone and once in my Lumia 929.
  • Would be interesting what they do with this, however should have left the service running until the alternative was available. Unless they acquired the tech and not the staff (hope not).
  • Better collaboration in Office is always welcome.
  • Good but dont offer its servises to android and ios
  • This isn't their new way of doing things
  • This sounds exactly like Microsoft Xim, photo sharing with comment interaction, only the host needs to have the app installed --- participants only need the link to view and interact.