Microsoft has confirmed its acquisition of messaging app company Wand Labs. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Wand Labs is focused on developing new technology for messaging apps. It was founded in 2013 with the goal of leveraging mobile scale, natural language, and third-party services so users could access and share authorized services and devices.
The startup has built its expertise around semantic ontologies, services mapping, third-party developer integration, and conversational interfaces.
“The work we’ve been doing with predictive assistance and delegated authority is at the leading edge of a broader technology shift that is redefining the information industry,” wrote Wand CEO Vishal Sharma in a June 16 blog post on the acquisition.
Wand’s work on the future of messaging makes Wand a natural fit for Microsoft, which has been increasing its focus on improving communication, particularly for intelligent agents and cognitive services.
David Ku, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Information Platform Group, explained how the work being done at Wand Labs closely aligns with Microsoft’s goals of building the future of communication technology. He wrote on the Microsoft blog: