IN A NOT VERY surprise move, Microsoft has acquired list making app Wunderlist and its parent company 6Wunderkinder.
The company's previously acquired Sunrise calendar app started to incorporate Wunderlist functionality in late May, making those of us in the office who use Sunrise frantically check to see whether the deal had been done already.
It probably had, but it's now official, and The Wall Street Journal suggested that the deal was worth $100-$200m for its parent company 6Wunderkinder.
The app was already held in high regard, and has been bundled with a number of consumer machines such as the Samsung Chromebook 2.
The future for Wunderlist could go one of two ways. Sunrise has kept its own identity, but Microsoft's other big app purchase, Acompli, was rebranded as Outlook for Mobile.
The latter caused some fretting in the security community after it emerged that Acompli required the transfer of rather a lot of personal data through its servers to operate properly.
This led to several organisations, including the European Parliament, banning Microsoft mobile apps, and security researcher Rene Winkelmeyer branding it a "security nightmare".
The Wunderlist team will stay in Berlin, and report to Redmond, as has happened with Sunrise Atelier in New York.
Microsoft continues to bolster its mobile app repertoire across iOS and Android, as well as its own Windows Phone (soon to be re-re-christened Windows Mobile).
The firm announced preview editions of the Office suite for Android smartphones last week, joining the tablet version which left beta in January, and iPad versions which have been a huge success. µ
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