Microsoft Buys Talko To Add to Skype for Business

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Microsoft announced that it has acquired technology from mobile communications app Talko to bring it to Skype. Specifically, it will become part of Skype for Business.

In addition to the tech, the Skype team is getting Talko employees.

"Together, the new technology and talent will help us deliver great new features and capabilities in both Skype and Skype for Business," says Gurdeep Singh Pall, Corporate Vice President at Skype. "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," Pall adds. "We continue to invest in new technologies to empower people to more effectively communicate and collaborate across their personal and professional lives."

Talko says on its site, "As part of the Skype team, we'll leverage Talko’s technology and the many things we’ve learned during its design and development. We'll strive to deliver the best of our product’s innovations far more broadly than on our current path."

Talko was launched in 2014. The service will sunset over the next few months. Past conversations can be exported.

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