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Salesforce.com acquires collaboration tool company Stypi

Stypi's realtime editor allows multiple users to make changes to a document at the same time

Salesforce.com said Tuesday it had acquired real-time online collaboration platform company Stypi.

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Earlier, Stypi's founders Jason Chen and Byron Milligan wrote in a blog post that the startup in Palo Alto, California, had joined Salesforce.com. "We've found that they share our vision for collaboration and all of its possibilities and together we'll be able to create even more amazing collaboration solutions," the founders said.

Stypi is described as a real-time editor that allows multiple users to make changes to a single document at the same time, by sharing the URL to the document. Users collaborate with others online to do a variety of things, including editing source code and tweaking website copy, the company said.

The service will continue to be available to Stypi users even after the acquisition by Salesforce.com, the founders said.

It is not clear whether Salesforce.com acquired Stypi for its staff or to integrate the technology with some of its own social collaboration technologies. A Salesforce.com spokeswoman confirmed the acquisition via email, but said the company is not providing any further details.

The cloud computing company announced in March two new products, Salesforce Rypple and Salesforce Site.com, with a focus on social technologies and collaboration in the enterprise. The result of an acquisition, Salesforce Rypple, is said to replace the traditional staff performance review with a social and collaborative approach.

John Ribeiro covers outsourcing and general technology breaking news from India for The IDG News Service. Follow John on Twitter at @Johnribeiro. John's e-mail address is john_ribeiro@idg.com


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