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Microsoft buys Talko, another Ray Ozzie company (fortune.com)
39 points by ilyaeck on Dec 21, 2015 | hide | past | favorite | 13 comments

Looks like we'll have to update https://cdn.sameroom.io/chat-timeline.pdf again.

The Talko team made awesome contributions to the Erlang AWS library (https://github.com/talko/erlcloud) — huge props for that.

Also, glad we (https://sameroom.io) didn't integrate with them, we almost did.

Awesome chart! While you are updating it, you may also want to reflect that Microsoft changed "Lync" to be called "Skype for Business" in April 2015 - https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn913785.aspx http://blogs.technet.com/b/scottstu/archive/2015/04/13/contr...

As far as I know "Skype for Business" is still using Lync's protocols, so your line would still be accurate.

Our understanding is that "Skype for Business" is the name of the current client. The client still talks to the Lync server, for all intents and purposes.

We just released an integration with Lync 2013 (https://sameroom.io/open-a-tube/signin/proxy?type=lync), so we're learning a lot more about this space. Will consider updating the chart :)

Fantastic chart! Another note while you update the chart - Wire in its current form and tech launched in December 3, 2014 http://www.fastcompany.com/3039320/app-economy/meet-wire-a-c...

What do you mean by "current form"? I seemed to have haunched quite some time ago...

I worked with people at Microsoft who then joined Talko - I'm confident this is just an acquihire if Ray isn't coming along. It's funny because those people basically left Microsoft only to come back to Microsoft, so it's a great setup for those employees since they'll get probably a nice bonus out of it; but the product itself went absolutely nowhere, I'm not surprised by this move at all.

Looks more like a bailout by Microsoft of Ozzie again. It's good to be connected at the top, you can make a failed venture look like success.

Here's the HN discussion for Talko's launch a year and a half ago: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8353988

This may add some degree of context: http://www.joelonsoftware.com/items/2008/05/01.html

A bit sad because I thought Talko had some great ideas. I hope some are picked up by Slack or Telegram as well as getting worked into Skype.

I wonder if Ozzie is coming with, or if he's dumping the company. I always hoped Ozzie would win the power struggle and run Microsoft, but Ballmer carried the day.

Maybe Nadella and Ozzie can work together. We might actually see Microsoft start pushing the boundaries of computing again. Nadella seems like a pretty good collaborator from what I've read.

The article says he is not coming with.

"Ray Ozzie sold out to Microsoft again, still doesn't get the world moves to Open Source" would be the better headline ;-)

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