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capptain-logoMicrosoft is buying Capptain, a small Paris-based startup that helps mobile developers get a better sense of how people are using their applications. Terms of the deal — announced today on the Capptain Web site — were not immediately known.

The Capptain service analyzes user behavior within apps, and then compiles push notifications with specially-targeted messages, announcements or offers.

“You can ask any question. Like, after how many visits a user is likely to post a review or buy something,” according to a promotional video explaining the service. “With this info, Capptain helps you automate targeted campaigns that work on every platform and any device with an Internet connection, even a Smart TV.”

Capptain wasn’t on our short list of potential acquisitions yesterday when we compiled 10 potential M&A targets for Microsoft.

But it could signal that Microsoft — under the direction of new CEO Satya Nadella — is willing to scour the globe for promising startups. TechCrunch reports that Capptain had raised about $2 million from Runa Capital.

Interestingly, the Capptain service appears to overlap with a Seattle startup backed by Google VenturesApptentive.

A TechStars Seattle grad led by former Yahoo employee Robi Ganguly and former Microsoft employee Mike Saffitz, Apptentive also helps companies get a better sense of how people are using apps, boosting ratings and reviews in the process.

Here’s a closer look at Capptain.

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