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Microsoft makes another acquisition

Monday’s news that it’s buying LinkedIn is a big, big bet. But the company is also snapping up Wand Labs, a tiny startup that’s been working to tie together disparate services with a chat-style interface. And even if billions of dollars are not at stake, it might turn out to be a smart, strategic move—especially … Continue reading “Microsoft makes another acquisition”

Monday’s news that it’s buying LinkedIn is a big, big bet. But the company is also snapping up Wand Labs, a tiny startup that’s been working to tie together disparate services with a chat-style interface. And even if billions of dollars are not at stake, it might turn out to be a smart, strategic move—especially if chatbots turn out to be as important as Microsoft, and plenty of other tech companies, are expecting.

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I talked to Wand founder Vishal Sharma about what his company has been working on, and why it makes sense to join Microsoft. 

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Harry McCracken is the technology editor for Fast Company, based in San Francisco. In past lives, he was editor at large for Time magazine, founder and editor of Technologizer, and editor of PC World.

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