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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Good riddance
by Verenkeitin on Tue 10th May 2011 17:34 UTC
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Well that's a good fit.

Microsoft has held back entire software industry for over a decade with Windows XP, IE 6 and Office. With Skype they can start preventing progress on all real time communications. Since Skype already has a horrible interface, all they have to do is make some irrelevant protocol updates to kill all Linux clients.

Killing Linux support could actually turn out to be a good thing. Someone could take the task of creating a true crossplatfom OSS Skype replacements with private key encryption etc.

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