Microsoft on a buying spree
Looks like Microsoft’s acquisition streak isn’t over yet, and their most recent purchase is a big vote of confidence for the future of the mobile experience.
Microsoft taps into trends to innovate
Through this move, Microsoft wants to expand the capacity of its core business by integrating modern innovations in trends. We saw a focus on big data through the acquisition of LinkedIn, which gives them access to a plethora of user information. They very clearly want to focus on connectivity through chatbots and app integration.
Microsoft built its business on bundling; now, they appear to be deconstructing that golden bundle. Another FastCo article states that the company has taken steps to free up their suite of Office products into component parts. This gives developers and end users more flexibility and customization.
Wand Labs’ technology would allow these products to share data with ease.
Let’s talk about the genius of Wand Labs
From what we’ve seen thus far, Wand’s abilities are impressive. With Wand, you can grant friends access to YOUR apps or services across multiple devices.
For example, Spotify playlist data could be enjoyed on YouTube or Rdio. Wand acts as the Rosetta Stone for app languages and formats.
The app turns disparate code into a master key computer language that can now transcend apps. The implications are huge. Not only can your apps talk to one another, but Wand’s interface contains plugins that allow you to use apps that you don’t even download on your device!
Furthermore, you can share app functionality with contacts, giving them access to everything from your Twitter account to your WiFi password.
What we can learn from this acquisition
While this is all well and good for Microsoft, we can learn a lot about the direction of the mobile experience from their strategic decision.
Back in the days when desktops ruled the land, you had a single portal through which you could access lots of content. The app experience dismantled that function on mobile devices Wand exists as a browser for your phone that turns messages into actions and shuffling data between apps.
Considering all this, and considering the sheer popularity of messaging apps, Wand appears to be a big part of the mobile landscape’s future. Building apps in accordance with that need for connectivity should be on the mind of anyone looking to develop an app as part of their business offering.