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]: Doh! ...
by darknexus on Tue 10th May 2011 16:18 UTC in reply to "RE: Doh! ..."
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"The end of Skype for Linux? ... I suppose my family will have to live without us being able to video chat freely.

Also probably the end of Skype for Android...
And possibly the end of the iPhone version too. I can just see Apple banning Skype because it directly competes with Facetime, and it's now owned by a direct competitor on top of that. Actually, when you consider Apple's attitude, the Android version is probably more likely to stay alive.

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