Talko sold to Microsoft; to be integrated into Skype

Talko sold to Microsoft; to be integrated into Skype

Mobile communication firm Talko announced via a blog post released on Monday that it has sold to Microsoft. The financial terms of Talko’s acquisition by Microsoft have not been officially disclosed.

The acquisition announcement implies that Talko -- a collaboration and voice chat app company founded by Ray Ozzie -- is withdrawing from the increasingly competitive ‘messaging app’ arena, and will henceforth work with software giant Microsoft.

Announcing its acquisition by Microsoft, Talko said that its service will shut down my March 2016. Till the time the Talko service its shuttered for good, users will have the ability to download the contents of their past conversations -- including text and voice messages, and photos -- as "simple files."

Talko has also revealed that, as a result of the acquisition, the company’s technology, as well as its employees, will be integrated into Microsoft’s Skype communication tools. However, the startup’s creator Ozzie will not join Microsoft.

According to the details shared by Talko in its blog post announcing the company’s sale to Microsoft, the Talko technology will apparently be used by Microsoft to bolster its Skype and Skype for Business communication tools.

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