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Cisco Will Challenge Microsoft Skype Deal at EU Court

     

engine

3:37 pm on Feb 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Cisco Will Challenge Microsoft Skype Deal at EU Court [bbc.co.uk]
Cisco has said it will challenge Microsoft's $8.5bn (5.4bn) takeover of Skype at the EU's top court.

The networking giant said conditions needed to be set to ensure Microsoft would not block other video services.

In October, the European Union had ruled the deal would not impede competition. But Cisco has called on the European Commission to introduce open standards similar to those used for mobile phones.

"Cisco does not oppose the merger, but believes the European Commission should have placed conditions that would ensure greater standards-based interoperability," Cisco's video conferencing head Martin De Beer wrote in a blog post.

J_RaD

5:17 pm on Feb 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

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because cisco home comm stuff flopped?

You don't have to worry about your stuff getting blocked cisco...nobody uses it.

graeme_p

5:42 am on Feb 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Allowing the dominant supplier of desktop OSes and office software to buy the dominant supplier of desktop telephony is not exactly good for competition, is it?

J_RaD

3:01 pm on Feb 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

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They don't exactly complete.

graeme_p

7:17 pm on Feb 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

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They do not compete with each other, but they combining the two does strengthen the already dominant position each has: for example, MS could bundle Skype with Windows (giving it an edge over competitors), or kill off versions of Skype for other OSes (making them less attractive to Skype users).

More subtly, they could make the non-Windows versions work less well (e.g. keep improvements to compression and protocols one generation ahead in Windows).

J_RaD

10:05 pm on Feb 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

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MS isn't the company they used to be in the 90's, I might go far to say they are nicer then any of the current tech guys *goo*app*

internetheaven

12:37 am on Feb 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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MS isn't the company they used to be in the 90's, I might go far to say they are nicer then any of the current tech guys *goo*app*


Heavily seconded. "Don't be evil" is just a motto. Microsoft have taken far more hits for doing the same things other major players seem to get away with ... simply because they seem innocent (G) or too trendy to be evil (A).
 

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