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Apple confirms acquisition of DeskConnect, the team behind automation app Workflow

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Workflow in the App Store.


Apple today confirmed that it has acquired DeskConnect, the startup behind Workflow, an iOS app that makes it possible for people to build custom actions involving multiple apps. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

Apple has now made the app free instead of charging $2.99 for it, and the app will remain available, an Apple spokesperson told VentureBeat in an email. Currently the app supports more than 200 actions, with integrations into Apple apps as well as third-party services like Dropbox, Evernote, and Facebook. In that sense Workflow resembles Automator, an Apple utility app that ships with macOS Sierra but has no standard-issue equivalent for iOS.

The news was originally reported by TechCrunch.

DeskConnect killed its eponymous cross-platform file-transfer app last month. It suggested people try using among other things Apple’s AirDrop, Handoff, and Universal Clipboard.

The Workflow app won an Apple Design Award in 2015. My colleague Harrison Weber called Workflow one of the 15 most beautifully designed apps of 2015.

DeskConnect was founded in 2012 and was based in San Francisco. Investors include Rough Draft Ventures. LinkedIn indicates DeskConnect has nine employees.

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