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Microsoft buys Ray Ozzie's startup Talko, rest of the team will join Skype

By dkpope
Dec 22, 2015
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  1. [parsehtml]<p><img src="http://www.techspot.com/images2/news/bigimage/2015/12/2015-12-22-image-6.jpg" /></p> <p>It may be the time of year when most people are slowing down, but Microsoft is still at work. The company announced that they are buying Talko, the <a href="http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2015/12/21/talko-comes-to-skype-2/">mobile messaging startup founded by Ray Ozzie</a>, Microsoft&rsquo;s former Chief Software Architect until 2010. Microsoft said in a blog post that the acquisition involves the Talko technology and the team &ndash; although terms were not disclosed. Talko employees will join Skype as Talko itself is shut down. However, Ozzie will not be rejoining Microsoft as part of the deal.</p> <p>Talko launched in September 2014 offering a service that wanted to replace the usual conference line with VoIP, cloud-based calls. Features of the app included recording live conversations, the ability to create bookmarks within the conversation and tag users, and adding asynchronously shared voice-based follow-ups to each conversation.</p> <p>In Microsoft&rsquo;s announcement, they said that the Talko technology, as well as the staff joining Skype, will be used to help &ldquo;deliver great new features and capabilities&rdquo; for both Skype and Skype for Business. On Talko&rsquo;s website, an announcement said that the <a href="http://www.talko.com">app will be completely shut down</a> by March 2016. If you&rsquo;re a current Talko customer, you can export your past conversations (including voice, text and photos.)</p> <p class="grey">Image Credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/wonderlane/4335272889">Flickr</a></p><p><a rel='alternate' href='http://www.techspot.com/news/63229-microsoft-buys-ray-ozzie-startup-talko-rest-team.html' target='_blank'>Permalink to story.</a></p><p class='permalink'><a rel='alternate' href='http://www.techspot.com/news/63229-microsoft-buys-ray-ozzie-startup-talko-rest-team.html'>http://www.techspot.com/news/63229-microsoft-buys-ray-ozzie-startup-talko-rest-team.html</a></p>[/parsehtml]

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