Microsoft Acquires MotionBridge Mobile Search
Microsoft has acquired Mobile Search provider MotionBridge, which supplies its search services to mobile communications companies in Europe and North America. MotionBridge delivers clustered results and deep links to downloadable content from multiple providers with device filtering.
“The emerging field of mobile search is strategically important and crucial to delivering on our vision for Windows Live of providing a seamless and rich information experience for individuals and businesses across devices,” said Christopher Payne, corporate vice president of MSN Search at Microsoft. “With MotionBridge, we are excited to continue to offer mobile operators the tools to maximize the value of their content and data networks, and provide a powerful search engine for mobile users. By combining the mobile search solutions of MotionBridge with Microsoft mobile search instruments such as local and Web search, we will provide mobile operators and consumers with an even richer search experience.”
Microsoft and MotionBridge will continue to support MotionBridge’s current operator partners such as Orange, Sprint and O2 Ltd. as part of the acquisition. Key assets obtained in Microsoft’s acquisition of MotionBridge include its technology and mobile operator relationships.
The MotionBridge and Microsoft search teams plan to move forward on mobile search solutions for Windows Live. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.