Talko's now part of Skype

Talko, a mobile app for business team communications, was launched in September of 2014.  

The app brought together messaging, calling, and conferencing - delivering a better way for mobile teams to communicate and be productive. Thousands of businesses have used Talko daily to coordinate their work while on-the-go.

Those of you who've used Talko on a daily basis have shaped the product and its interface design. We’ve loved the many conversations we've had with you as the product has evolved. You've told us how wonderful and effective it's been to “show & tell” with your teams and families, and how you use your voice to get things done. We've been particularly taken aback by how the product has been embraced by the vision-impaired; this was truly unexpected.

However, as engaged as many of you have been, the reality is that the broad-based success of communications apps tends to be binary: A small number of apps earn and achieve great viral growth, while most fall into some stable niche.

For all the value and enjoyment it's delivered, and for all the team's listening and perseverance, Talko was largely on the path to filling a (passionate) niche. We're in this to have great impact, so it's time for a change.

Today we're announcing that Talko's been acquired by Microsoft to help fuel future innovation in Skype and Skype for Business.

As part of the Skype team, we'll leverage Talko’s technology and the many things we’ve learned during its design and development. We'll strive to deliver the best of our product’s innovations far more broadly than on our current path. 

We deeply appreciate the commitment that so many of you made in betting on Talko. You invested your time and your reputation to convince your friends and co-workers to use the product with you. 

From each of us - thank you, so very much.

As the Talko service sunsets over the next several months, which it will by March 2016, please rest assured that we'll be giving you a way to request an export of all your past Talko conversations - voice, text, and photos - as simple files.

Looking forward, we hope to hear from you again as we find ways to deliver the best of Talko in Skype. 

You can read a post by Gurdeep Singh Pall, Microsoft corporate vice president of Skype, here.

Again, thank you.

The Talko Team

December 21, 2015