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Skype officially becomes a new business division within Microsoft

     
6:31 am on Oct 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Microsoft Officially Welcomes Skype [microsoft.com]

Microsoft Corp. has closed its acquisition of Skype Global S.A  r.l. Negotiations of the definitive agreement under which Microsoft would acquire Skype, an Internet communications company, for $8.5 billion were led by investor group Silver Lake and the transaction was originally announced on May 10, 2011. Boards of directors of both Microsoft and Skype previously approved the acquisition.

Microsoft and Skype will remain focused on their shared goal of connecting all people across all devices and accelerating both companies' efforts to transform real-time communications for consumers and enterprise customers. The completion of the acquisition also marks the official introduction of Skype as a new business division within Microsoft.

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9:03 am on Oct 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I wonder how long it will be before a "Critical Security Issue" is worked into the code or MSFT screws it up in some other way.
10:11 am on Oct 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Microsoft and Skype will remain focused on their shared goal of connecting all people across all devices


I wish a search company would focus on pure, unadulterated search results for a change. The big 3 are flipping out (Google's gone Panda, Bings gone connection happy and yahoo can't flip their own light out fast enough) so there's an opening for a revolution here, I hope.

I do like the skype purchase however, I hope it becomes a standard feature in future operating systems.
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Everyone has forgotten NetMeeting. It was bundled with IE 3 or 4. It changed my world back in the 1990s. I stopped paying for a long distance phone package and used my ISDN connection to chat with people across the globe.

Skype could do something similar in the right hands...
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I used and liked NetMeeting. Type in the IP you want to talk to and off you go. I imagine routers made this ease a little more difficult. I wouldn't have even remembered NetMeeting if you hadn't mentioned it.
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It didn't take long for Microsoft to remove the Google toolbar from skype. 1 day!

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would have been the 1st thing I would have done too!
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Skype worked well for me for many years. ( apart from the SMS service where they charge 100% of the time and deliver 0 % of the time. That's a fact for me, support blames the carrier although I try 3 different ones.)

Now with the new update the video freezes 90% time when I start it go figure?
My 100th post ( Patting self on back)

Big bet Microsoft, I am sure there are big plans in the pipeline.
I had totally forgot about net meeting how time moves on.
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Oh man, i hope Microsoft implements Skype on windows phone asap.. i'd love to use my Skype# for SMS vs the ripoff that is the 35.00 a month "family plan"..

I just hope they bring some stability to the windows product now. Skype has been invasive with their installs later, not a great way to deliver a good customer experience.
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M$ is making foray in telecom: IP TV, now Skyope, interesting.
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You have to wonder if this investment will ever pay off. MS has lots of cash though.