Microsoft is buying computer scanning company, ScanMyPhone, to expand its mobile scanning capabilities.
The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The company was founded in 2014 by former Microsoft employees in New York and California.
The acquisition will allow Microsoft to further expand its ability to scan phones, including from mobile devices such as tablets, computers and televisions, to improve its mobile business, said a person with knowledge of the matter who was not authorized to speak publicly about the deal.
The move is a significant boost for Microsoft, which has been losing ground in the smartphone market in recent years.
Microsoft has also been looking to expand the use of technology to identify and remove malware.
Earlier this year, Microsoft said it was expanding its smartphone security capabilities by adding security software that detects and removes malware.
Microsoft has also begun to offer smartphone-based apps for Android and iOS.