Microsoft is on a roll. After spending millions of dollars acquiring Acompli, a cross-platform email solution, it went out and purchased Sunrise, a cross-platform calendar app that is considered to be one of the best in the business. Now, Microsoft is opening its wallet again, this time for 6Wunderkinder, the Berlin-based developer behind popular productivity platform, Wunderlist.
The acquisition, reportedly for $100 to $200 million USD, will bring Wunderlist into the Microsoft fold, though like Sunrise it is expected to remain independent for some time, if indefinitely.
Microsoft’s motive behind the purchase is to bring the world’s best productivity tools under a single brand, eventually implementing tenets of them into Office, which is increasingly important to Microsoft’s bottom line. The company announced that Windows 10 for desktops and tablets would be released on July 29th as a free update to anyone running Windows 7 or 8.1, but apps, and specifically cross-platform solutions, are increasingly important to the Redmond-based company as it tries to shed its old
Recently, Sunrise became one of the first companies to become compatible with Wunderlist’s new public API, indicating closer ties between the two startups.
Wunderlist is available for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows 7, Windows 8, OS X and Chrome.