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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Opportunity for Google
by mrasool on Tue 10th May 2011 20:00 UTC
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After this deal is approved by the European Commission and the FCC, all that Google has to do is announce SIP support in Google Talk. Believe me, all hell will break loose.
Google Talk already has all the relevant codecs that are normally used with SIP. They just need to add support for something like sip:<address> and the ability for the users to configure third party SIP services for those not in the US/Canada.

Go burn Skype with SIP and Jingle

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