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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This is Unfortunate
by tuaris on Tue 10th May 2011 18:40 UTC
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I spent several years converting my family, my friends, and friends of my family from MSN to Skype. They would then convert their friends and family to Skype. It was very successful endless cycle.

Now, this reminds me of when Microsoft acquired Virtual PC. Everyone was just as shocked, excited, disappointed, etc...

I have yet to find a good alternative to Skype. However, me being a business type person and having some programming skills, I am tempted to create my own alternative. However, money is the limiting factor. If anyone is interested in donating their time into creating an open source Skype alternative. Please contact me.

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