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[4]: Good riddance
by redbeard on Thu 12th May 2011 14:32 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Good riddance"
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Which was nothing to do with IE6. There was nothing else worth developing for at the time.

And why weren't there alternatives? This is exactly how the MS monopoly held back progress. They killed Mosaic with dirty tactics and Netscape by bundling (kill two birds with one stone). Then using their dominance in the market and web development products spread non-standard web sites further locking out competitors.

Notice how much work they put forth on IE until FireFox began to eat into their market share . . .

Monopolies don’t need to put money into advancing a product until a viable competitor force them too.

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