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 fran on Tue 10th May 2011 15:30 UTC
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European regulators wont allow MS to kill Skype on Linux.
It will interesting though how forthcoming updates to the Linux version will be.
Also if MS can find a way to make money from Skype it really will be in their best interest to support Linux.
People spent much more on telecommunication then an odd $200 dollar on a operating system and $200 Office suit every 4 years.

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RE: regulators
by malxau on Tue 10th May 2011 16:54 in reply to "regulators"
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European regulators wont allow MS to kill Skype on Linux.

I can't believe that regulators would insist on support for a platform that is largely unsupported by the commercial software industry, has tiny market share, and brings in no money. At some point regulation is just totally unreasonable.

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RE[2]: regulators
by delta0.delta0 on Tue 10th May 2011 21:31 in reply to "RE: regulators"
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linux makes no money ? You sure ? Here I was thinking redhat was fast becoming a billion dollar business and it only sells Linux.. ;)

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