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Microsoft confirms takeover of Skype

Discussion in 'News' started by SimonV, May 11, 2011.

  1. SimonV

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    Microsoft confirms takeover of Skype



    Microsoft has confirmed that it has agreed to buy internet phone service Skype.

    The deal will see Microsoft pay $8.5bn (£5.2bn) for Skype, making it Microsoft's largest acquisition.

    Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said: "Skype is a phenomenal service that is loved by millions of people around the world. Together we will create the future of real-time communications so people can easily stay connected to family, friends, clients and colleagues anywhere in the world."

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    1. zoradaly
      zoradaly
      oh really! That can Create a win-win situation !
    2. dales
      dales
      why would they want to buy skype when they already have similar abilities within live messenger and OCS!? Only thing I can think of is they want a slice of the money from calling landlines with skype I dont think they need the company from a technology standpoint.
    3. danielno8
      danielno8
      My guess it is the brand/userbase they are really buying.
    4. westernkings
      westernkings
      I agree. I hope they do something with it, maybe add it to Windows Phone without the App. They now have a pretty large marketing opportunity available to them through the Skype interface.
    5. Theprof
      Theprof
      I think it's a combination of things.. the users/technology/marketing/etc... Microsoft has always been a big player in the tech industry, buying out companies that they felt could benefit them... I am not surprised really. I am sure they're going to integrate that into their technology in one way or another.

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