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 kaiwai on Tue 10th May 2011 12:23 UTC
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I'm going to head out on a limb but I'd say that the main reason for the purchase is to buy up the customer base and then eventually merge Skype into Microsoft Live Messenger (maybe rebrand Live Messenger as Skype but use the underlying Live Messenger technology) over time so that eventually there is a single service.

What their services need is not only to be improved (which they are) but to rapidly acquire users as well which can be done through the acquisition. The result can be one of two scenarios - the first the end user start investigating Microsofts online services and sign up for them or the second scenario is nothing happens and Microsoft have found they've acquired another money losing company :/

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