Salesforce buys Tempo to respond to Microsoft and Sunrise

by bold-lichterman

New acquisition for Salesforce. The American software giant in cloud has just got its hands on Tempo, an “intelligent assistant” application for professionals. The transaction amount was not sent. The company specifies that the application is no longer accepting new users and that the service will be stopped as of June 30. It is likely that Tempo will soon be integrated into the Salesforce software suites.

Founded in 2011 at SRI International, a research institute where Siri, the voice recognition system bought by Apple was born, Tempo is an assistance application based on “artificial intelligence” and the machine learning. By connecting to a multitude of applications (calendar, contacts, e-mail, cards, etc.), it submits, after analyzing the data, recommendations to users for organizing their days. It also offers a global overview of all activities, without having to systematically change application.

Microsoft is also interested in the sector

In 2013, Tempo had raised $ 10 million, mainly from Relay Ventures and Sierra Ventures to finance the development of its technology and continue the adoption of its application. This has happened in particular by adding new languages ​​available, including French. Now, the founders want to move up a gear. “Joining the Salesforce family gives us the opportunity to pursue our goal on a larger scale.», Explains Raj Singh, the CEO of the company.

This is not the first time that such an application has been acquired by a software heavyweight. In February, Microsoft had bought Sunrise, a smart calendar application founded by Belgian Jeremy Le Van and French Pierre Valade, two former Foursquare alumni, in 2012. If the exact amount of the transaction had not been communicated, the press evoked a transaction in the order of $ 100 million. Unlike Salesforce, however, Microsoft has chosen to keep the application available to the public. The Redmond firm also had got hold of Accomplished in December 2014, an e-mail management application, since integrated into Outlook.

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