Microsoft Acquires Ray Ozzie’s Talko App For Skype
When Bill Gates started taking a back seat at Microsoft approximately 10 years ago his company acquired a company called Groove networks, whose technology still lives in OneDrive and SharePoint. It was something many believed to be an acquisition, to hire Ray Ozzie, whom Bill Gates considered to be one of the best programmers on the planet.
Bill Gates considered him to be his successor and elevated him to the position of chief software architect. Ozzie who left Microsoft a couple of years ago came up with an unique collaborative messaging app called Talko, which on Monday was acquired by Microsoft.
Talko, which was a unique communications app which blended elements of voice chat, text and VOIP and also a dictaphone, did not take off the way Ozzie envisaged. Now, Microsoft has acquired the app and it says that it will use its unique technology in Skype. Ozzie, however, wouldn’t be returning to the Redmond based company.
Ozzie gained reputation has one of the chief architects of the Lotus Notes Suite in 1980’s is widely considered to be one of the most intelligent minds in the technology industry.
Ozzie told Fortune Magazine that he wouldn’t be joining Microsoft, but his teams in the San Francisco and the Seattle office would be joining the company. “It’s an unique opportunity for both the team and technology. It’s a chance to make a broad impact with their work,” he told Fortune on news of his team being integrated with the Skype team at Microsoft.
For what’s its worth, Skype is lead by Gurdeep Singh Pall at Microsoft. The Skype team has been leading a lot of the innovation at Microsoft with its game changing Skype Translator technology.
Under Satya Nadella, Microsoft has also shown a penchant for acquiring a lot of companies. Microsoft acquired companies like Acompli and Sunrise, which now have become the basis of the mobile versions of its Outlook email client.