Salesforce acquires Tempo Smart Calendar is a next generation of productivity tool that bridges the worlds of collaboration and recommendation to help people work more effectively.

Congratulations to Raj Singh and the rest of the team on being acquired by Salesforce. Tempo has been one of my favourite vendors as I research intelligent collaboration and personal digital assistants. I will be watching closely to see where they end up in the Salesforce platform.

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Here is the message on their website:

We're excited to announce that Salesforce has acquired Tempo. Joining the Salesforce family will give us the opportunity to continue our mission at a much larger scale. Unfortunately, this means the Tempo app will be discontinued on June 30, 2015, and we are no longer accepting new users. Although we are sad to be closing this chapter, we are thrilled to join the world's #1 CRM platform!

For those of you unfamiliar with Tempo, they first came to my attention almost two years ago with a $10M funding round.

With $10M in new funding, @tempoai is positioned to make Smart Calendar even better, and hopefully for Android.

-- Alan Lepofsky (@alanlepo) June 24, 2013

Since then they have been one of my go to examples for the next generation of productivity tools, bridging the worlds of collaboration and recommendation to help people work more effectively. Tempo looks at your calendar and shows the social media posts from attendees, relevant emails and documents, estimates driving times and a lot more.

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After Salesforce shut down their social task management tool Do in Oct 2013, I was concerned about where the company was going with respect to organizing the growing chaos people face during their workday. They did create a "Today" app as part of their Salesforce1 mobile application, but it is not as advanced as Tempo. I look forward to seeing how Salesforce integrates Tempo, hopefully in time for Dreamforce.

I have to admit, I was pretty sure Microsoft or Google was going to acquire Tempo, so I would have lost a bet on this one! Hats off to Salesforce for scooping up one of the best products in this space.

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