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[4]: regulators
by Kroc on Wed 11th May 2011 16:04 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: regulators"
Kroc
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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"
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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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