Slack acquires Astro

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Slack has acquired Astro, a company with expertise in email infrastructure and makers of the Astrobot for Slack. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

“In Astro, we’re bringing on an incredible team that collectively have built the industry’s best mail and messaging tools like Zimbra, Acompli (acquired by Microsoft, and the foundation for Outlook Mobile), and Mumbo (acquired by LinkedIn). We see this as a natural next step as channel-based collaboration becomes the default way of working,” Slack said in a statement.

The Astro apps for Mac, iOS, Android, Amazon Alexa, and Slack will be discontinued from October. Astro has also disabled signups of new users, Andy Pflaum, Astro CEO said in a statement. Current users of the Astro app are being requested to switch to email apps from Google, Microsoft, Apple or other providers.

Read a post by the Slack team on the acquisition here: https://slackhq.com/slack-acquires-astro-to-help-email-and-channels-work-together

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