Microsoft on Monday announced the acquisition of Ray Ozzie’s Boston-based startup Talko. This acquisition comes to build and enhance its Skype communication network. Ray Ozzie has been formerly associated with Microsoft as Chief Technical Officer and according to reports, the whole team will join Microsoft besides him.
The app was launched in September last year and offers users to create group conversations using voice text and photos. Though its exact user base remains undisclosed, however Google Playstore it shows 1000-5000 installs. The app uses voice over internet protocol to establish a multi-person group conversation.
This acquisition shows a shift in Microsoft’s business model from selling licensed softwares to one that is more user centric (increased use of cloud services). Skype for business was announced last month by the company, which made the company pay $8.5 billion in 2011. The idea is to capture a market in which telecom operators have a strong hold.
Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate vice president of skype, in a blogpost quoted “I welcome the new team members and am excited about how Talko will fuel more innovation at Microsoft, whether it is enhancing the way family members stay in touch with Skype or building on the new Skype for Business services within Office 365. This is another example of our company ambition to reinvent productivity and business processes.”
It is important to note that Microsoft did not disclose the terms of acquisition. A decade back the company acquired Ozzie’s Groove to enhance Microsoft’s SharePoint and OneDrive collaboration platforms.