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Microsoft acquires Genee

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The two-year-old company behind an artificial-intelligence-powered scheduling service joins the Redmond giant to help improve Office 365.

Microsoft has been acquiring a lot of products and companies lately trying to improve and extend the capabilities of Office 365, and now the time has come for a new one to join the Redmond giant. The new target is Genee, a two-year-old company behind an artificial-intelligence-powered scheduling service.

According to Microsoft, this product is "especially useful for large groups and for when you don’t have access to someone’s calendar" so it is obvious that Genee's technology will be used for Office 365. Even more, the company's co-founders Ben Cheung and Charles Lee both plan to join the Redmond giant. Unfortunately, the immediate result of the agreement signed by Microsoft and Genee is that the service will shut down on September 1, 2016. However, while sending out reminders and agendas will be disabled, existing calendar entries created by Genee will remain.

As it usually happens with such agreements, the financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed. We will probably hear more about Genee's contribution to Office 365 in the future, but that remains to be seen.

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Codrut Nistor, 2016-08-22 (Update: 2016-08-22)
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