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Windows 7: Microsoft in talks to partner with or buy Skype?


08 May 2011   #1
JMH

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Microsoft in talks to partner with or buy Skype?

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Microsoft is allegedly in talks with Skype, according to reports.The software giant has reportedly entered into talks with Skype about either partnering with, acquiring or investing in the company. Om Malik at gigaom.com reports that his sources recently confirmed that Microsoft has been talking to Skype. Rumors suggest that both Facebook and Google are seeking to partner with or acquire Skype. Malik claims that any Skype news will arrive next week, as soon as Monday. “At present, corporate attorneys and other senior managers are burning the midnight oil this weekend, ahead of some kind of announcement,” says Malik. Gigaom summarises why Microsoft’s interest makes sense......
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Microsoft in talks to partner with or buy Skype? | WinRumors

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09 May 2011   #2

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I heard the google/facebook deal

regardless it looks like skype will be the winner
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09 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 pro 64bit. (SP1)
 
 

maybe microsoft will add ability to talk between WLM and skype users that would be great.
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09 May 2011   #4

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 

Hi all
MS is on the ball here

TEXTING is "Passe" now -- the latest hot way of communications is the Instant Messaging type of service.

By buying Skype MS would immediately start with a HUGE user base to start a decent IM service to rival Google etc.

IM is a GREAT idea --even old dinosaurs like me who ABSOLUTELY HATED TEXT messaging IM is easy to use, you don't need "text speak" and it uses the much cheaper Internet rather than mobile phone service networks where you pay for "Texts sent" etc.


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jimbo
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10 May 2011   #5

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Bad news. I fear integration with Windwos Live Suite and I also fear that they screw up such good software. ...if that ever happen. Skype should ALWAYS be an alternative to Windows Live Messenger.
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10 May 2011   #6

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 

Hi there
I don't think Windows Live messagenger is going anywhere -- SKYPE will be OK as MS will use ITS user base and application while quietly "killing off" WLM.

Or they might "re-brand" WLM. Remember there are ZILLIONS of mobile phone and fixed line users who don't use Windows at all --- Macs, Linux systems, smart phones etc etc.

Incidently since the news is now on the BBC website it looks almost "Semi official".

Stuff that appears on the BBC website is usually (or invariably) pretty accurate.

BBC News - Microsoft in talks to buy Skype, report says


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jimbo
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10 May 2011   #7

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