22 August 2016, USA :
Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Genee, an artificial-intelligence-powered scheduling service.
Co-founders Ben Cheung and Charles Lee, who plan to join Microsoft, started Genee in 2014 to simplify the time-consuming task of scheduling (and rescheduling) meetings.
Genee stated in a blog post, “A new beginning means the end of another. Our service will shut down on September 1, 2016. While the company will no longer send you useful reminders and agendas from your calendar, all existing calendar entries created by Genee will remain. We thank all of you who participated in the company’s private and public betas. The team will take the valuable experiences and lessons that you taught us to Microsoft, where we’ll continue to build amazing next generation intelligent experiences. “
Rajesh Jha, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President, Outlook and Office 365 said, “With today’s news, I’m excited to welcome the Genee team to Microsoft. As we continue to build new Office 365 productivity capabilities and services our customers value, I’m confident the team will help us further our ambition to bring intelligence into every digital experience.”
The tool, which will be integrated into Office 365, aims to reduce the time users spend scheduling meetings. It does this by intelligently coordinating the process using your calendar and working with those outside of your company to find a time that works for both parties.