Monday, July 19, 2004

Microsoft Acquires Lookout

"Microsoft announced this week that its MSN subsidiary is purchasing Lookout Software, which makes a highly regarded email search tool for Microsoft Outlook 2003 (in a bit of irony, Outlook detractors have often referred to Outlook as Microsoft LookOut). It's unclear how MSN will leverage the Lookout technology (MSN isn't responsible for Outlook), but I expect to see the technology integrated into future versions of the MSN email client and, possibly, MSN Hotmail. However, Microsoft has announced that the Lookout Software team will be working with the MSN Search folks, which also makes me wonder if this deal is about more than just searching email." - WinInfo Update

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