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Microsoft Acquires Communication Startup Talko, Plan to Integrate Tech into Skype


Gurdeep Singh Pall, Corporate Vice President Skype announced today that Microsoft has acquired Ray Ozzie’s team communication startup Talko, maker of an innovative mobile app for on-the-go business communications. “As part of the agreement, Talko employees will join the Skype team. Together, the new technology and talent will help us deliver great new features and capabilities in both Skype and Skype for Business.”

Talko was billed as “a new way for mobile teams to communicate. Talko unifies messaging, calling and conferencing – anytime, anywhere, for the new style of work. It’s designed for your eyes, ears and voice – not just your thumbs”

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The Talko service sunsets March 2016, they will be be giving users a way to request an export of all your past Talko conversations – voice, text, and photos – as simple files.

I never personally used Talko, but it’s good to see Microsoft continuing to acquire talent in this space.


Microsoft – Talko comes to Skype

Talko’s now part of Skype

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