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: Wireless telco?
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 10th May 2011 10:19 UTC in reply to "Wireless telco?"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

I would actually welcome that. Not that I would EVER want Microsoft as my carrier - I'd rather shoves pieces of faeces-drenched glass under my fingernails - but anything to shake up the carriers is welcome by me.

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RE[2]: Wireless telco?
by Morgan on Tue 10th May 2011 11:07 in reply to "RE: Wireless telco?"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Thanks for that horrific mental image! (yuck)

Anyway, I doubt this is going to cause any impact on the wired and wireless voice carriers. I have a feeling that, as mentioned elsewhere, Skype technology will end up embedded in Windows 8, specifically for use on tablets but probably enabled on any device. By that time T-Mobile will be swallowed by AT&T, and likely Sprint as well by Verizon. That leaves us Microsoft-friendly AT&T vs Android-friendly Verizon, and VoIP concerns will wane in favor of the epic battle between the two carriers for your metered data consumption.

I also don't think they would automatically kill the ports to Linux and other OSes; that would cut out a significant chunk of their Windows customers' contacts. I doubt they will do much to improve performance and features on those ports either though; after all, they have an obligation to their shareholders to make Windows appear to be the superior platform.

And finally, don't forget that Google Voice is still out there, integrates perfectly with Android phones (and fairly well with Blackberry phones as well) and is free for another year in the US. I'd be willing to bet that Microsoft has plans to use Skype to try to take a piece of that pie too.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

But they could very well neglect. Leave it functioning but slowly reduce support until it's far enough behind that users have to start giving up on it too. Then they trot out the old "we do not see enough market interest to continue this development branch".

I do truly hope I'm being overly pessimistic.

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RE[2]: Wireless telco?
by tomcat on Wed 11th May 2011 20:18 in reply to "RE: Wireless telco?"
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

I would actually welcome that. Not that I would EVER want Microsoft as my carrier - I'd rather shoves pieces of faeces-drenched glass under my fingernails - but anything to shake up the carriers is welcome by me.


Rrrrright, because it's not like Microsoft has any experience running a large-scale network that supports realtime communications on a global scale like Xbox Live...

Oh, wait...

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