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

10 May 2011   #11
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
And what will happen with the 'non-MS platforms'?
+1

That's why this news is a Bummer to me. I hate big companies having to own everything.


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10 May 2011   #12
FredeGail

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate: x64 (SP1)
 
 

What I love about Bill Gates, is that he doesn't look like he owns a lot of money and stuff like that. He is just a normal human being, and he is also willing to donate a lot of money to poor places of the world.
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10 May 2011   #13
brianzion

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

just read he news on cnet >> Microsoft betting Skype keeps it ahead of Google, Apple | Microsoft - CNET News
mixed feelings i wonder in the long run will the cost be the same and the same service? i have been with skype since the early days.

(Founded in 2003 and based in Luxembourg , our purpose is to break down barriers to communication. Skype is owned by an investor group led by Silver Lake and which includes eBay Inc, Joltid Limited and Skype founders Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Andreessen Horowitz. About Skype: What is Skype? )
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10 May 2011   #14
justlloyd

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by brianzion View Post
just read he news on cnet >> Microsoft betting Skype keeps it ahead of Google, Apple | Microsoft - CNET News
mixed feelings i wonder in the long run will the cost be the same and the same service? i have been with skype since the early days.

(Founded in 2003 and based in Luxembourg , our purpose is to break down barriers to communication. Skype is owned by an investor group led by Silver Lake and which includes eBay Inc, Joltid Limited and Skype founders Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Andreessen Horowitz. About Skype: What is Skype? )
This, I hope they leave it alone and don't try to tie it in with anything. Just try to improve the service.
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10 May 2011   #15
brianzion

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

@justlloyd

they are going to incorporate it in live and xbox connect i was reading good or bad?

http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/hin...94?tag=nl.e019


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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said, “Skype is a phenomenal service that is loved by millions of people around the world. 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.”

Skype CEO Bates said, “Microsoft and Skype share the vision of bringing software innovation and products to our customers. 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.”

That definitely sounds like there are already plans for growing and expanding Skype, which has been languishing for years with minimal new features and product development. With Microsoft’s resources behind it, there’s the potential that Skype could be unleashed to start innovating again.
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10 May 2011   #16
justlloyd

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by brianzion View Post
@justlloyd

they are going to incorporate it in live and xbox connect i was reading good or bad?

Microsoft buys Skype for $8.5 billion, so now what? | TechRepublic


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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said, “Skype is a phenomenal service that is loved by millions of people around the world. 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.”

Skype CEO Bates said, “Microsoft and Skype share the vision of bringing software innovation and products to our customers. 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.”

That definitely sounds like there are already plans for growing and expanding Skype, which has been languishing for years with minimal new features and product development. With Microsoft’s resources behind it, there’s the potential that Skype could be unleashed to start innovating again.
That seems like it won't be intrusive and should work seamlessly without loss of the main programs functionality. I'm just hoping it doesn't get too bloated and start to impact performance. I'm one of those people who wasn't too excited about the Facebook integration but I'm not happy about that anywhere lol, although it was a natural move.
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10 May 2011   #17
zEric7x

Windows Home premium 64bit
 
 

Such incredible amount of money. I only heard of Skype before never had any use for it.
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10 May 2011   #18
Xhi

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit / Ubuntu Linux 11.04
 
 

I do hope they allow Skype to keep its identity. Though MS owns it now, I pray it doesn't screw up the reputation skype has made over the years.
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10 May 2011   #19
WebMattR

W7 Professional x64
 
 

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

looking forward to future developments..

I'm just hoping they won't break it!
Break it? I'm happy when I get that stupid program to not randomly crash.
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10 May 2011   #20
Lebon14

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

It's a very bad news for me. Skype is an excellent program but I fear that Microsoft f*cks it up like they did with WLM 2011. Can't use nicknames? Gotta be kidding me...
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