Twitter has purchased and shut down Quill, a messaging platform that rivaled Slack. The service has immediately ceased its operations and plans to delete all of its data come Saturday, December 11.

Designed for workplace communications. Quill emerged earlier this year as a Slack alternative with a few additional tools built-in.

As part of the acquisition, the Quill team will join Twitter to work on its messaging features, especially its DMs.

In his announcement of the acquisition on the app, Twitter’s General Manager for Core Tech, Nick Caldwell, described Quill as a “fresher, more deliberate way to communicate.”

“We’re bringing their experience and creativity to Twitter as we work to make messaging tools like DMs a more useful and expressive way people can have conversations on the service,” Caldwell said.

With Quill on board, Twitter could be making plans to develop a more streamlined approach to messaging. Some users have wondered if the company will ever develop a standalone app for its DMs, similar to how Facebook operates its Messenger app.

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