Tech giant Microsoft has recently acquired Acompli, a mobile email platform that currently is not compatible with Microsoft hardware. What does this say about CEO Satya Nadella? That he is a forward thought-oriented decision maker who is willing to take steps to see the company adapt into the 21st century. Yesterday Microsoft spent $200 million in cash to acquire the very young, but modern email company that is used at hundreds of different companies around the world. The move to purchase Acompli was not solely for a competition reduction reason, nor for its customer base, but to get its foot into the door of a new era of doing business in the technology world. Accompli CEO Javier Soltero had pointed out Microsoft’s inability to keep up with the interconnectedness of new software platforms earlier this year which likely opened the eyes of the tech monster citing it showed a “…lack of imaginiation about what email on mobile should look like”. With its faults being clearly in front of them, Microsoft has done what any tech company would do to improve their product if they had some $80 billion in cash, they bought something that can help them get back on track. The new move into open source formatting appeases developers who for quite some time were fed up with the service-focused offerings of Microsoft.
Forward movement towards open source software will help MS keep up with competition in an industry that has defined itself by fast moving adaptability. In the years of its hayday, MS could dictate to developers to meet its own needs, the shift to adaptiveness shows a shift in methodology. The humbled new track that this benchmarked firm has taken will truly define a new era of operation within themselves, and also the industry standard.
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