Mi­crosoft buys start-up be­hind Wun­derlist app

The China Post - - WORLD BUSINESS -

Mi­crosoft on Tues­day said that it has bought 6Wun­derkinder GmbH, a Ber­lin-based startup be­hind the Wun­derlist to-do list app.

“The ad­di­tion of Wun­derlist to the Mi­crosoft prod­uct port­fo­lio fits squarely with our am­bi­tion to rein­vent pro­duc­tiv­ity for a mo­bile- first, cloud- first world,” Eran Megiddo, gen­eral manager of Mi­crosoft’s One- Note, said in a blog post.

“We’re pleased to wel­come the Wun­derlist team to Mi­crosoft and ex­cited to in­crease our pres­ence in the thriv­ing Ber­lin tech scene.”

Fi­nan­cial de­tails of the ac­qui­si­tion were not dis­closed, but a Wall Street Jour­nal re­port val­ued it at be­tween US$100-200 mil­lion.

Wun­derlist launched nearly five years ago and boasts more than 13 mil­lion users.

Megiddo said that the startup will add to the mo­men­tum of Mi­crosoft Of­fice, OneNote, and Skype for Busi­ness as well as the re­cent ac­qui­si­tions of Sun­rise and Acom­pli to bol­ster the U.S. soft­ware ti­tan’s ap­pli­ca­tions or mo­bile de­vices.

In March, Mi­crosoft ac­quired the Cal­i­for­nian start-up LiveLoop and its app which al­lows mul­ti­ple users to col­lab­o­rate on Power- Point ously.

Cre­ated in 2010, Wun­derlist al­lows users to cre­ate lists to man­age tasks on many de­vices, mo­bile as well as desk­top.

Mi­crosoft said the Wun­derlist ap­pli­ca­tion will re­main free in places where it is al­ready avail­able and that there are no price changes planned for Pro or Busi­ness ver­sions of the soft­ware.



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