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Windows 7: Microsoft Buys Skype for $8.5B in Cash

10 May 2011   #1
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 
Microsoft Buys Skype for $8.5B in Cash

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Updated 5/11/2011 @ 8:34am
Well, the news is now official. Microsoft just announced that it is acquiring Skype for $8.5 billion in cash. Microsoft says that Skype will bolster its "existing portfolio of real-time communications products and services."
As expected, Skype will be tightly integrated into the Xbox 360 and Windows Phone 7 platform. Microsoft is also creating a new business division called the Microsoft Skype Division, which will be headed by Skype CEO Tony Bates (he will report directly to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer).
“Skype is a phenomenal service that is loved by millions of people around the world,” said Ballmer. “Together we will create the future of real-time communications so people can easily stay connected to family, friends, clients and colleagues anywhere in the world.”
“Microsoft and Skype share the vision of bringing software innovation and products to our customers,” said Bates. “Together, we will be able to accelerate Skype's plans to extend our global community and introduce new ways for everyone to communicate and collaborate.”
You can read the full press release here.
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10 May 2011   #2
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Bummer....call me crazy, but I like there being stand alone companies who have their own goals and agendas.
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10 May 2011   #3
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

8.5 billion in cash?

how many suit/briefcases is that?
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10 May 2011   #4
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Just saw this news on Fox. Makes me wonder how long it will be until MS buys Google, Yahoo, and Apple.
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10 May 2011   #5
Win7User512

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
8.5 billion in cash?

how many suit/briefcases is that?
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If I had $8.5 Billion in cash I certainly wouldn't waste it on Skype.... I'd keep it.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Just saw this news on Fox. Makes me wonder how long it will be until MS buys Google, Yahoo, and Apple.
Someone please buy Facebook!
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10 May 2011   #6
FredeGail

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate: x64 (SP1)
 
 

I guess Google is having more money than Microsoft. Really.
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10 May 2011   #7
BugMeister

Windows10 Pro - 64Bit vs.10547
 
 

excellent news..!!

looking forward to future developments..
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10 May 2011   #8
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

It's bound to be tied in with all the other MS apps.

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Skype will support Microsoft devices like Xbox and Kinect, Windows Phone and a wide array of Windows devices, and Microsoft will connect Skype users with Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live and other communities. Microsoft will continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms.
And what will happen with the 'non-MS platforms'?
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10 May 2011   #9
mr pc

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
It's bound to be tied in with all the other MS apps.

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Skype will support Microsoft devices like Xbox and Kinect, Windows Phone and a wide array of Windows devices, and Microsoft will connect Skype users with Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live and other communities. Microsoft will continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms.
And what will happen with the 'non-MS platforms'?
Hopefully a new voIP service will come along
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10 May 2011   #10
brady

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BugMeister View Post
excellent news..!!

looking forward to future developments..

I'm just hoping they won't break it!
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