Microsoft's push to grow its mobile productivity app-stable continues

Microsoft has purchased Berlin-based to-do-list maker 6Wunderkinder, adding to Redmond's rapidly growing list of productivity apps and services.
Written by Mary Jo Foley, Senior Contributing Editor

Another week, another new Microsoft productivity app.

This week, rumors of Microsoft purchasing Berlin-based productivity app startup 6Wunderkinder are circulating again, with The Wall Street Journal claiming Microsoft officials have pulled the trigger and bought the company for somewhere between $100 million and $200 million. (I've asked Microsoft officials for comment. No word back so far.)

Update (June 2): It's confirmed that Microsoft has bought 6Wunderkinder. No price is being disclosed, but 6Wunderkinder officials are saying their app will remain available cross-platform.

6Wunderkinder makes a task-management application, called Wunderlist. Wunderlist already is available for iPhones, iPads, Macs, Android, Windows, Kindle Fire and the Web. Sunrise Calendar -- now owned by Microsoft -- as of today integrates Wunderlist tasks into daily views.

Microsoft is accelerating its focus on delivering new productivity-centric software and services. In the past couple of weeks alone, there have been leaks about Microsoft's plans to roll out a Web-based clipboard called OneClip; a calendar/contact-management mash-up called Revolve; a cross-platform email chat app called Flow; a lightweight project-management app currently known as "Highlander"; and a document-collaboration app that may be known as "Flip."

Microsoft also bought in recent months cross-platform mobile e-mail vendor Acompliand calendar app maker Sunrise.

Productivity in general, and team collaboration in particular, seem to be an increasingly important area of focus for Microsoft under CEO Satya Nadella.

A couple of recent Microsoft job posts have indicated the company is staffing up a new "Teamspace" group within its Applications and Services organization to work on "the next generation of innovative productivity applications." From what I can tell, in spite of the Teamspace name, this new group is not connected in any way to a company called 5 Point AG which has a team-collaboration app called Teamspace.

I asked both Microsoft and 5 Point for comment. A Microsoft spokesperson said the company had no comment; 5 Point never got back to me.

Microsoft recently removed content it had on the teamflux.io, teamflux.org and teamflux.ninja sites. The "Walking Cat" on Twitter (@h0x0d) captured an image of what he said could be a new Teamspace collaboration app from Microsoft. (I've embedded his Teamspace image above.)

Microsoft officials declined to comment when I asked about what Teamspace is.

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