Microsoft today announced its first major acquisitions, adding another high-profile tech company to its existing ranks of partners and partners to Microsoft partners.
The announcement comes as Microsoft works to expand its global ecosystem of software and services, as well as improve the productivity and accessibility of its products and services.
The company announced that its Software Development Kit (SDK) software and the Microsoft Cloud, the company’s cloud-based platform, will soon be available in 64-bit, 32-bit and 64-bits, respectively.
The first Microsoft Cloud products will be available for Windows and Office 365 customers on April 24.
The acquisition of the popular Linux-based open-source software OpenOffice.org also adds another partner to the Microsoft family of partners.
In a joint statement, Microsoft and OpenOffice co-founder David B. Levy said that they will now work together to develop a new open-sourced version of Microsoft Office for the cloud, open source.
Microsoft has long maintained that its cloud-powered products will offer better productivity, security and availability, while the OpenOffice cloud service offers support for Office 365 and other Microsoft Office products.
Microsoft will continue to support OpenOffice with Office 365 for enterprise customers and its cloud service, Microsoft Office 365 Enterprise.
Levy added that OpenOffice and Microsoft Cloud will continue “to work together with Microsoft and partners across industries.”
“We’re thrilled to be joining forces with a great partner in Microsoft to accelerate the growth and availability of our products and provide our customers with a new way to work and collaborate,” said David Blevis, co-Founder of OpenOffice Software.
“Microsoft and Open Office will work together towards creating a better cloud-native productivity and collaboration experience.”
In a blog post announcing the acquisition, Microsoft said the cloud-backed products will “enable Microsoft’s existing Office 365 portfolio to deliver a rich, modern, and seamless experience to millions of people around the world.”
“Microsoft is excited to be adding OpenOffice to our growing suite of cloud-enabled productivity and collaborative services, which we will offer on-premises and cloud-connected devices in the coming months,” said Andrew Wilson, Executive VP of Microsoft Business Services.
“The combination of the two solutions will help Microsoft continue to deliver innovative solutions to its customers in the cloud and around the globe.”
“As we continue to expand our cloud offering, we are excited to work with our partners to ensure we deliver the best possible cloud experience for our customers,” said Chris Sirlin, vice president of cloud computing at Microsoft.
“As we move forward with the open-minded vision to empower more people around a device to collaborate, our customers will have the tools to get the job done, and we look forward to delivering the best cloud experience possible for our employees and customers.”
The Microsoft Cloud is designed to offer “a unified experience across devices, across platforms, and across industries,” said Aaron Bloch, general manager of Microsoft Cloud and the Enterprise Business.
“We believe this new partnership will enable us to provide an even richer and more seamless cloud experience to customers who need it most.”
Bloch added that the cloud will offer “many cloud-specific features that can enhance your productivity, enhance your security, and simplify the way you manage your data.”