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[2]: Doh! ...
by crhylove on Tue 10th May 2011 09:38 UTC in reply to "RE: Doh! ..."
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Yeah, it's not like .ogg isn't great for audio already. Let's get a pidgin plugin already!

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RE[3]: Doh! ...
by vodoomoth on Tue 10th May 2011 10:46 in reply to "RE[2]: Doh! ..."
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Not sure I understand your comment. But ogg, despite how good it is, is not an "alternative" to Skype. It's just a format, not a full-fledged voip program.

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RE[3]: Doh! ...
by MissTJones on Tue 10th May 2011 10:53 in reply to "RE[2]: Doh! ..."
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Ogg (Vorbis) isn't really intended for live chat, but Xiph's CELT codec is and just recently Skype donated their Silk voice codec to be combined with it to create the IETF Opus codec under royalty free terms. Hopefully that's too far along for Microsoft to kill.

Skype are also the biggest user of VP7 and have recently been championing VP8 as the future, again hopefully Microsoft won't be allowed to alter that.

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