Text-based communications offering, and a global multi-modal and multi-platform communications experience
Skype has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire GroupMe, a provider of mobile group messaging services that helps users stay in touch and make decisions.
With this acquisition, Skype is expected to drive its effort to provide a global multi-modal and multi-platform communications experience.
New York headquartered GroupMe will provide Skype with text-based communications and innovative features that enable users to connect, share locations and photos and make plans with their closest ties.
Earlier this year, Skype acquired mobile video provider Qik to augment its role as an innovator in driving unique mobile user experiences.
Skype chief executive officer said Skype and GroupMe have a shared vision of creating applications and experiences that are the daily communications choice for a billion people, and they will continue to seek the top talent and technology to make that vision a reality.
"The GroupMe team has created an incredibly sticky group messaging experience that works across mobile devices and platforms, making this a perfect addition to the voice, video and text products in the Skype family," Bates said.
GroupMe co-founder Jared Hecht said there is a natural affinity between Skype and GroupMe and their goal is to continue developing tools that make it easier for people to communicate, share, and stay in touch with their close and important ties.
"Integrating GroupMe into the Skype experience is an amazing opportunity for us and accelerates the execution of our vision tenfold," GroupMe co-Founder Steve Martocci said.