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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As I understand, Skype is currently illegal to use in China and some other highly restrictive countries.

Microsoft may have the political weight to change that; "Good afternoon Chairman. We noticed that you have a few billion potential consumers who we'd like to sell voip services too; how do we make that happen? Why no, we don't at all mind setting up a decrypted traffic window for your monitoring pleasure.."

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