Microsoft has announced the acquisition of WandLabs, a messaging startup. This news comes a few days after Microsoft announced one of the largest tech acquisition of all time. It had announced the acquisition of LinkedIn for $26.2 billion.
Vishal Sharma formed WandLabs in 2013, which develops messaging apps. The company has not yet revealed details related to this deal.
Notably, before starting his own venture, Vishal was working as a vice president of products at Google.
As a part of this deal, Wand Labs will now shut down service. However, Vishal mentioned that elements of Wand Labs’ work can be seen in the future.
WandLabs aims to strengthen its position by combining human language with advanced machine intelligence. The acquisition builds on and extends the power of Bing, Microsoft Azure, Office 365, etc.
David Ku, Corporate Vice President, Information Platform Group at Microsoft, said,
This acquisition accelerates our vision and strategy for ‘Conversation as a Platform’. Wand Labs’ technology and talent would strengthen Microsoft’s position in the emerging era of conversational intelligence. We will bring together the power of human language with advanced machine intelligence.
Vishal Sharma said,
Our goal was to leverage mobile scale, natural language capabilities and third-party services. This was to enable users to easily access and share any authorized service or device. The work we’ve been doing is at the leading edge of a broader technology shift. It is redefining the information industry.