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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by mrhasbean on Tue 10th May 2011 10:57 UTC
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This gives Microsoft a pre-built "Facetime" with a lot of existing users on a whole range of platforms, so I guarantee it will be built into future desktop, phone and tablet versions of Windows. There was a lot of noise about FaceTime and Skype being made compatible but that seemed to fall into a hole, and Microsoft have jumped on the opportunity. As they, like many others, have shown in the past, if they are late entering a particular market or technology they simply buy it.

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by apoclypse on Tue 10th May 2011 12:46 in reply to "Facetime"
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MS already has that and its built into almost every Windows 7 install or downloaded from MS's site (Windows Live Messenger). The user base is also bigger than Skype (about 300 mil). I mean 8.5 Bills is pretty damn steep for a company who could never really figure out how to make money other than to be sold to the highest bidder. I kind of don't see why MS is bothering other than to stop Google and Facebook snapping Skype up. I mean for that kind of money they could build their own (which they already did) and still have plenty of cash to spare. I don't see the end game here.

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