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[3]: regulators
by malxau on Tue 10th May 2011 23:10 UTC 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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RE[4]: regulators
by ichi on Wed 11th May 2011 11:34 in reply to "RE[3]: regulators"
ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

the extreme reluctance of Linux users to spend money in general.


Any proof of that?

And we are talking about a service here anyway. The Skype client if free, you pay for calls to mobile and fixed phones. Do Linux users not pay their phone bills now? Is there any study about Linux users making less phone calls than others?

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RE[4]: regulators
by Kroc on Wed 11th May 2011 16:04 in reply to "RE[3]: regulators"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

and the extreme reluctance of Linux users to spend money in general.


Except of course when the average price paid by Linux users in a pay-what-you-want game bundle was double that of the other platforms. http://www.humblebundle.com/

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RE[5]: regulators
by malxau on Wed 11th May 2011 22:42 in reply to "RE[4]: regulators"
malxau Member since:
2005-12-04

Except of course when the average price paid by Linux users in a pay-what-you-want game bundle was double that of the other platforms. http://www.humblebundle.com/


Interesting. And I thought Linux gaming was still living in the shadow of Loki, where a company cherry picked games that were commercially successful on other platforms, only needed to pay the cost of the port, had no real competition, generated intense interest and even a lot of users, but failed to monetize that and ended up going out backwards. Loki has become a case study for anyone thinking of selling commercial software on Linux.

I wonder if, via some perverse mechanism, this has now increased the value of games on Linux due to do a much reduced supply. Strange world indeed.

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