Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th May 2011 08:19 UTC, submitted by porcel
Microsoft So, the biggest acquisition in Microsoft's history. The Wall Street Journal reports - and it has been confirmed - that Microsoft and Skype will announce today that Redmond will buy Skype for $8.5 billion. That's a lot of money for a company that hasn't ever actually made any profits. Update: and it's official: yay on Skype on the Xbox360 and Windows Phone, and this: "Microsoft will continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms." Let's hope this includes Linux.
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by TBPrince on Tue 10th May 2011 08:41 UTC
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I don't think Microsoft will stop doing anything Skype is doing today, including Linux support. First, because many would complain about Microsoft trying to kill Linux the bad way (and that would also spark anti-trust fire), second because Microsoft can make money out of Skype for Linux, even if not a pile of money.

While we need to wait to understand what plans MS really has for Skype (merging with Live Messenger would be too easy...), I think this is someway a marketing move.

There's difference between having an high market capitalization (Apple, Google) and sitting on a pile of *cash* (Microsoft) and I think MS wants to tell people "Hey, maybe someone has an higher market capitalization than ours but how much money they REALLY do ? And how much money they REALLY have now ?"

I think Microsoft wants to tell anyone that looking at capitalization, the way analysts do now, and revenues per share could be less important that looking at other factors, including who has much money stored in vaults.

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