Microsoft Completes $8.5B Skype Purchase

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Microsoft announced that it has completed its purchase of the online chat serve Skype on Friday. The deal cost Microsoft US$8.5 billion and makes Skype a new business division in the company.

Microsoft buys Skype

The purchase deal was first announced in May with the approval of the boards of directors from both companies. Microsoft bought Skype from the online auction company eBay.

At the time of the announcement, Microsoft said in a statement, “Skype will support Microsoft devices like Xbox and Kinect, Windows Phone and a wide array of Windows devices, and Microsoft will connect Skype users with Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live and other communities.”

Skype CEO Tony Bates is taking on the role of president for Microsoft’s Skype Division and will report directly to CEO Steve Ballmer.

In response to concerns that Microsoft would stop supporting Skype on what it sees as competing platforms, Mr. Ballmer said, “We will continue to invest in Skype on non-Microsoft client platforms.”



Now is the time for Apple to really start pushing FaceTime. Skype 2.8 has gotten flaky (for me at least). Skype5 is hideous junk (in my experience). Now it’s part of Microsoft so I expect to treated even more like a second class citizen. I’d love a good cross platform replacement.



While I agree that Apple should further the development and adoption of FaceTime, it will never become the near and de facto universal standard that Skype has become; to whit, MS run the risk of being hauled into court should they lock all non-MS product users out of Skype or in any way hobble the experience for non-MS product users.

Given MS’s need to attract a support base to their mobile platform, or die another day, angering the majority of users who also want to access Skype on those non-MS mobile devices would be counter productive.

Not that corporations aren’t above acting outside of their best interests, or scoring an own-goal, but I am hopeful of responsible stewardship.

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