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]: Wireless telco?
by Adurbe on Tue 10th May 2011 15:25 UTC in reply to "RE: Wireless telco?"
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If they purchase part of the 4G network, thats going on sale, they Will own the rights to use that in the same was as current wireless telcos do. This at a swipe would give them data coverage over 95% of the UK (official estimate).

Calls/sms/MMS all using the skype/internet protocols over their data network. Why would they need the wired network?

Their expirience as an ISP would doubtless be an asset in managing these data networks. Its a question of if they can be cheap enough to make people switch.

Dont get me wrong, we are prob talking a couple more billion of investment, but this is certainly achievable if they were so inclined and would open up a whole new market to Microsoft.

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