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.
Permalink for comment 472581
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Good riddance
by Verenkeitin on Tue 10th May 2011 17:34 UTC
Member since:

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.

Reply Score: 0