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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I hope you are too, and we may both be completely wrong. But Microsoft has a certain reputation...

Anyway it goes though, I don't think it's ever really a good thing when a company that powerful buys up a smaller company. Someone always loses out in the end, and far too often it's the consumer.

I for one am heartbroken that the best cellphone company in the US, a company whose customer support has me believing in "the customer is always right" again, is less than a year away from being chewed up and spat out by AT&T. I plan to leave T-Mobile by the end of the year, when I am free from my contracts. Sadly, I'll likely go to a prepaid service and become my own customer support, since the rest of them don't live up to even AT&T's poor standard.

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jabbotts Member since:

Me thinks I'll be confirming that I have a copy of the Skype for Deb5 64bit encase there never comes a Deb6 64bit package.

And, AT&T. I know people who still have tramma scars from beign in call centers when the company was baught up by AT&T. I'm empathetic. Enjoy the carrier while you can. Hopefully there is local competition if things take a turn for the worst.

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Morgan Member since:

I have a friend who works as a CSM in our local AT&T call center. He advised me to try out Virgin Mobile if I don't want to get swallowed up by AT&T next March. I'm definitely staying away from Verizon; as much as I loathe AT&T I hate Verizon even more. Sprint (parent of Virgin Mobile in the US) has decent coverage in my area so I should be good to go.

I figure by the end of the summer I can afford to break out of my contracts and spend the $200 for a Virgin Mobile Android phone that is more capable than my Cliq, and recoup some of the money by selling off my old devices (Cliq, Blackberry Curve and Nokia Nuron). I'll also be paying about $100 less for the actual monthly service.

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