|07 Oct 2011||#1|
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Microsoft's Skype purchase gets the EC green light.
The European Commission’s antitrust authorities have given Microsoft’s $8.5 billion Skype acquisition regulatory clearance. So now it’s all systems go for Microsoft to integrate Skype into its product line.
EU regulatory clearance was announced on October 7 — just a couple of weeks after an Italian Skype rival raised concerns over Microsoft’s bundling plans for the technology. U.S. antitrust authorities already granted their approval of Microsoft’s Skype buy in June, 2011.
Skype has continued operating as an independent entity since Microsoft announced its purchase intentions in May 2011, (Skype will operate its own Microsoft business unit, according to Microsoft’s previously announced plans.) However, Microsoft has been working behind the scenes to lay the groundwork for the Microsoftization of Skype.
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|09 Oct 2011||#4|
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Skype provides a lot more functions than Windows Messenger, especially their video calls and 'telephone' calls. I wonder whether the cost of making telephone calls to land-lines and cell phones will increase or decrease when Skype is taken over by Microsoft. I remember, in the early days of Skype when calls made to land-line phones were virtually free, and calls to cell phone were very, very inexpensive. You could call anywhere in the world for almost nothing. Not so any more, but it's still cheaper to use Skype, to call other countries, than pretty much any other phone service.
By the way, for anyone who's interested, most VOIP phone companies include unlimited USA national and international calling to many countries for a very low price (in the neighborhood of $20/month).
Check out Vonage VoIP Phone Service and Lingo - Home Telephone Service. But I still use my Skype to call those countries that are not covered by Vonage or Lingo.
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