Accompli (teaser 001)

Confirming an inadvertent leak last month, Windows and Office maker Microsoft on Monday said it’s buying Acompli for more than $200 million. For those who haven’t heard about Acompli, it’s an efficient email app for iOS and Android that features an integrated calendar.

Framed as “part of our company-wide effort to help people accomplish more with their mobile devices,” the deal will bring San Francisco-based Acompli team together with work currently in progress by the Outlook team.

Microsoft’s stated goal is to“ deliver fantastic cross-platform apps that support the variety of email services” people use today to help them accomplish more and Acompli seems to fit the bill nicely.

“It will expedite our work to deliver the full power of Office to mobile devices,” said the software giant.

Neither Microsoft nor Acompli have revealed the purchase price, but Re/code learned from sources of its own that the Windows maker paid north of $200 million for the young startup. Acompli CEO Javier Soltero said in a blog post that they’ll be sharing more about the “exciting product plans” post-acquisition over the next few months.

Acompli’s mobile app for iOS and Android revolves around the important people you email the most, allowing you to easily access all related emails, meetings and files to manage relationships.

Check out the Acompli promo video below.

It’s interesting that Acompli supports both Microsoft Exchange and Gmail.

The app, which made its App Store debut in April of this year (and an Android version in September), sports an integrated calendar with the ability to schedule meetings. As is the norm these days, managing your emails in Acompli is a tad easier with gestures.

For example, to delete or snooze emails, just swipe over a message.

The iOS edition of Acompli Mail was available for download in the App Store following the announcement. Microsoft did not say whether it planned on allowing the team to continue developing the software, nor did the Redmond firm indicate whether it would continue servicing Acompli customers with service updates going forward.

Accompli Email 1.7 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)

The Acompli CEO was more forthcoming.

“Your app and accounts will continue to work,” he assured users. Even better, the team will continue to improve the mobile app and add new functionality “every couple of weeks,” he said.

Given that mainstream users haven’t really embraced Microsoft’s Outlook Web App for iOS, I’m willing to bet that Acompli technology will power a yet-to-be-released mobile email app from Microsoft, just like the work originally done by the now Microsoft-owned Sparrow team has paved the way to the recently-introduced Inbox app by the Gmail team.

[Microsoft, Acompli]

  • Jared

    I thought Google aquired and subsequently killed Sparrow. “Microsoft owned Sparrow team” ?

  • $200 Million for an email App O.O

    • Anmol Malhotra

      Nah.
      $200 Million for killing an email App. 🙂

  • G.Dash

    Acompli is my fav. email app ever it is the best email app and i hope microsoft doesn’t KILL IT

  • ericesque

    PSA: before anyone runs out to try the app, it’s worth noting that Acompli downloads your email to its own servers. I know many email apps have gone this route (Mailbox and CloudMagic to name a few) to provide services on top of email, but it’s worth taking a moment to consider what information you are making available and to whom.

    • Thanks for the info, was thinking about using it but not now.

    • G.Dash

      how do you know this?

    • This is why I love the stock email app so much. It holds all of my email accounts and only stores email locally (with the obvious exception of my iCloud email address) and it get’s the job done and done well. I’ve honestly seen no reason to start using any other email app…

  • leart

    The logo of my bike in 90s, looks very familiar…

  • InfinitePlusOne

    Need to make my own app/brand/company.

  • markelite

    This isn’t the first app to do this kind of things…. I’ve seen Evomail doing the same thing. I’d still prefer to use the stock Mail app just because it’s much more simple than these apps full of quirky features.

  • johnpowers

    Damn my girlfriend effin updated my iPhone to iOS 8.1.1 and this new Pangu jailbreak isn’t working on iOS 8.1.1. She says by accident “okay, accident my @ss”. I need to figure out how to downgrade back to iOS 8.1 so I can jailbreak again and get the bigU Movies app from Cydia from either xsellize repo, insanelyi repo, Appcake or Zeusmos. I was just using the bigU Movies app yesterday and I already downloaded the movies Annie, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Dumb and Dumber To, Interstellar, Beyond the Lights, Nightcrawler, Ouija, John Wick, Fury, Dracula Untold, Annabelle, Gone Girl, The Equalizer, The Maze Runner, A Walk Among the Tombstones, No Good Deed and Guardians of the Galaxy. I planned to start watching them today and this shit happens. lmao, I can’t believe my girl did this crap to me. I guess I bite the bullet on this one. Once I jailbreak again she is not coming near my damn iPhone. lol

    • John Davis

      I believe you should be able to downgrade back to iOS 8.1. You need to do it asap cause Apple will stop signing iOS 8.1 any day now.

  • Comex_

    I can see paying Sony to buy out PS4 for $200,000,000 but not a brand new email app that hasn’t been around long enough to show a track record.

  • Correction: This app has been out even before the announcement.

  • Матт Реякіпѕ

    Dispatch is the best email app. As long as no one buys and kills Dispatch then all’s good.

  • Byron C Mayes

    “Given that mainstream users haven’t really embraced Microsoft’s Outlook Web App for iOS, I’m willing to bet that Acompli technology will power a yet-to-be-released mobile email app from Microsoft”

    Exactly. Outlook for Exchange mail and calendars is the only part of the MS Office suite that isn’t available in an “official” app on iOS. Accompli handles both. Ladies and gentlemen, the new Outlook.