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: regulators
by malxau on Tue 10th May 2011 16:54 UTC in reply to "regulators"
malxau
Member since:
2005-12-04

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"
delta0.delta0 Member since:
2010-06-01

linux makes no money ? You sure ?

http://www.google.com/finance?q=NYSE:RHT Here I was thinking redhat was fast becoming a billion dollar business and it only sells Linux.. ;)

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RE[3]: regulators
by malxau on Tue 10th May 2011 23:10 in reply to "RE[2]: regulators"
malxau Member since:
2005-12-04

linux makes no money ? You sure ?

http://www.google.com/finance?q=NYSE:RHT Here I was thinking redhat was fast becoming a billion dollar business and it only sells Linux.. ;)


I should have said, "brings in no money for Skype." I'd be stunned if the income they get from Linux covers its development costs, given the tiny market share and the extreme reluctance of Linux users to spend money in general.

(That said, it's strange that RHT has always been used as the poster child for making money in Linux for most of the last decade. Several other vendors have come and gone, with various levels of implosions. Although RHT is clearly profitable and successful, the lack of peers doesn't support the idea that that the model itself is profitable and successful.)

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