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Microsoft To Acquire Skype For $8.5 Billion

 8:01 am on May 10, 2011 (gmt 0)

Report: Microsoft Close to Acquiring Skype [online.wsj.com]

Microsoft Corp. is close to a deal to buy Internet phone company Skype Technologies SA for between $7 billion and $8 billion—the most aggressive move yet by Microsoft to play in the increasingly-converged worlds of communication, information and entertainment.

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 12:21 pm on May 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

Skype for Linux and possibly Android will definitely go. I suspect Mac will stay as it would lose them too much market share.

Also, MS is run by people who have a deep seated hatred of open source OSes (remember the "cancer" and "un-American" comments?).

@flashdash, you mean revenue, not profit. 10 times profit would be cheap, 10 times revenue is pricey.

Also, international call rates are falling (competition from Skye helps!), so there is less reason to use Skype.


 4:46 pm on May 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

the reporter typed this on his windows 7 computer in office 2010 on his companies windows server 2008 domain. The webpage is probably being served from IIS.

Actually his blog says he uses a Mac, and both the external sites linked to from this thread run Apache on Unix.

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