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Skype Acquires Group Messaging Service ‘GroupMe’

Written on August 22, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Skype buys GroupMe, plans to offer group messaging services to smartphones users.

Recently, has acquired Jared Hecht and Steve Martocci’s “”, allowing the company to bring mobile group messaging into its services. Skype remained silent with regards to their exact plans, the terms of the deal and pricing were not even disclosed, but the company confirmed that one of their goals is to deliver the “best in class text-based communications.”

Like ’s Messenger and Apple’s , GroupMe also offers unique features that are truly interesting. It allows users to access question-oriented conversations, set up private phone group settings, experience free conference calls, and even send group text messages. According to the developers, they have started with , BlackBerry, and apps first; and then they’ve added a 7 version which would help Skype in its future role to .┬áThe service also lets users to do chat on the web — a vital feature for ’s cloud aspirations and future partnership with Facebook’s Skype-based services.

Although the service might not arrive until early next year, Microsoft affirmed that they are looking forward to offering services similar to BBM or iMessage once the Skype becomes available to Windows Phone’s core interface.

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