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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I hope you are too, and we may both be completely wrong. But Microsoft has a certain reputation...

Anyway it goes though, I don't think it's ever really a good thing when a company that powerful buys up a smaller company. Someone always loses out in the end, and far too often it's the consumer.

I for one am heartbroken that the best cellphone company in the US, a company whose customer support has me believing in "the customer is always right" again, is less than a year away from being chewed up and spat out by AT&T. I plan to leave T-Mobile by the end of the year, when I am free from my contracts. Sadly, I'll likely go to a prepaid service and become my own customer support, since the rest of them don't live up to even AT&T's poor standard.

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