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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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by Flatland_Spider on Tue 10th May 2011 13:46 UTC in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
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MS could bundle this with their online SMB offerings. Office 365 already has the tag line "Ready to work, wherever you are."

Here's another clip from the O365 website: "Find and connect with friends or peers from virtually anywhere through rich presence, instant messaging (IM), PC-to-PC audio/video calls, and online meetings. "

PC-to-Landline audio calls, landline-to-Anything calls, etc. are missing from the list. Skype does a good job of filling the void. MS could have bought Vonage and gotten the same capability, but Skype is a better brand name.

Last piece of evidence. Microsoft Lync 2010. Lync is an awful name, and the money MS spend on Skype is a small price to pay to never hear about Lync again.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/online-software.aspx

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