TellMe co-founder Angus Davis has denied that the company has been acquired by Microsoft. “We are an independent company and we have not been acquired,” he says, pointing out that there have been a lot of rumors swirling around the company.
TellMe, is one of the likely IPO candidates and last week was linked with Goldman Sachs, and there was some talk of them being bought by Nuance. Davis basically squashed all that talk, and pointed out that the TechCrunch story is not correct. TechCrunch cited numerous sources in its report that the beast of Redmond is buying voice-recognition provider TellMe.
Strategically it would be a smart move as it would instantly strengthen Microsoft’s hand in mobile communications by giving it in-house expertise in a talk-to-your-phone user interface. TellMe recently introduced mobile products that make looking up information via mobile phone (voice) interface easy. Microsoft, Google and everyone else would be interested in the institutional knowledge and technologies developed by TellMe. It also would take an expected TellMe IPO off the table, while simultaneously embedding Microsoft software closer into telco operations who had already been using TellMe. Irony would abound in former Netscape wizard Mike McCue getting a big payday from new Boss Bill G. More as we hear more.