Microsoft Adds One More Company To Its Trophy List: Parlano
Microsoft officials liked Parlano's MindAlign (an application for enterprise group chat) so much that they decided to buy its developer altogether. The Redmond giant said nothing about the sum involved in the acquisition process but mentioned that the deal was expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2007.
August 30, 2007
“Parlano has been successful in meeting the rigorous communications needs of companies in financial services and other vertical markets. Parlano’s expertise and technology, added to Microsoft’s unified communications offering, will deliver customers the most complete presence, instant messaging and group chat solution on the market.”(Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate vice president of the Unified Communications Group at Microsoft.)
Microsoft future plans to include MindAlign as a new feature in future Microsoft Office Communications Server and Microsoft Office Communicator versions. Also, the company intends to offer group chat as part of the standard client access license for Office Communications Server 2007 Software Assurance customers.
Parlano was founded in Chicago in 2000 as a privately held company and was represented by Revolution Partners and Bell, Boyd & Lloyd LLP.