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February 11, 2015 at 12:38 PM

Microsoft buys calendar app Sunrise

Microsoft is adding another mobile productivity app to its quiver.

The company says it has acquired Sunrise, a maker of calendar apps for Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android mobile operating systems. The deal comes two months after the purchase of Acompli, a popular builder of email apps that Microsoft later used as the base for new Outlook email apps for those operating systems.

Microsoft, whose Windows platform accounts for a tiny share of the global tablet and smartphone markets, has been trying reaching customers on competing platforms. In November, the company unveiled free versions of some of its Office productivity suite for iOS and Android, and has since completed the Acompli and Sunrise deals to bolster its ability to build products for those platforms.

Rajesh Jha, a vice president with Microsoft’s Outlook and Office group, said in a blog post that the company planned to keep Sunrise free of charge and available to download. Jha didn’t disclose the terms of the purchase.

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January 23, 2015 at 10:31 AM

Microsoft to buy Revolution Analytics

Microsoft says it has reached an agreement to buy Revolution Analytics.

Revolution sells businesses software and services for “R,” the open-source programming language used by statisticians and other data crunchers. Revolution’s customers, Microsoft machine learning vice president Joseph Sirosh says in a blog post about the deal, include large banks and financial services firms, pharmaceutical companies, as well as manufacturing and technology companies.

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January 20, 2015 at 9:47 AM

Microsoft buys text analysis startup Equivio

Microsoft seems to like something about Israeli data-analysis startups.

The company announced today that it has acquired text-analysis firm Equivio, a few months after buying cloud security machine-learning startup Aorato.

Equivio’s algorithms sift through documents and emails to group related documents and identify which ones might trigger a company’s confidentiality provisions or other legal labels. With email and computers facilitating an explosion in the amount of documents companies and governments produce, sorting through those can quickly turn into a task that requires many hours of work by humans.

The Rosh HaAyin-based company, which on its website also lists an office in Rockville, Md., says its clients include the U.S. Justice Department and auditing and consulting giants KPMG and Deloitte.

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December 1, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Microsoft buys email app maker Acompli

Microsoft, it shouldn’t be a surprise, has acquired mobile email app maker Acompli.

The company accidentally teased the deal last week, publishing a blank shell of a blog post evidently meant to announce the purchase.

Acompli’s app, available on iOS and Android, is designed to help people navigate and prioritize email, keep track of files sent as attachments and better organize calendar functions. The app is one of a set of new tools giants such as Google and startups are rolling out to help people clean up an at times overwhelming email load.

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November 13, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Microsoft buys cybersecurity startup Aorato

Microsoft has purchased Israeli cybersecurity firm Aorato.

Aorato’s technology monitors activity on a company’s network, searching for anomalies and suspicious behavior, Takeshi Numoto, a Microsoft vice president of cloud and enterprise marketing, said in a blog post about the deal.

“It understands what normal behavior is and then identifies anomalies, so a company can quickly see suspicious behavior and take appropriate measures to help protect itself,” Numoto said. “Most of our enterprise customers should be able to easily take advantage of Aorato’s technology.”

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