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 Athlander on Tue 10th May 2011 14:06 UTC in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
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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.

I was thinking something similar. I don't think Microsoft are interested in Skype as a profit-making business - I think it's about brand and getting it before anyone else does. In the same way "to google" has crept in to regular use, I hear more and more people saying "to Skype". That kind of recognition is hard to build up and/or dislodge.

I can see Skype replacing Messenger and also becoming an integral part of Outlook - a lot of the work has already been done.

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