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$8 Billion Cash

$8 Billion Cash. Yup, that’s the price Microsoft is spending to purchase Skype.

Microsoft confirmed its $8.5 billion purchase of Skype on Tuesday, adding that the software giant would support the service across the Xbox, Kinect and Windows Phone platforms, according to a report in MarketWatch. Analysts called the move the most aggressive yet by Microsoft to combine the worlds of communication, information and entertainment.

Buying Skype — a service that connects millions of users around the world via Internet-based telephony and video — will give Microsoft a recognized brand name on the Internet at a time when it is struggling to get more traction in the consumer market.

What does this mean for millions of Skype users? Hopefully, nothing. It would be ideal if Skype will continue to work well on all platforms – mobile, Mac, and PC and be based on the same price/usage model. I hope that MS does not try to mess with a good thing i.e. deep –  tight integration into Windows OS, MS chat, etc. MS has a tendency to not only screw things up when they acquire and integrate technology, but also disrupt in a negative way a proven and widely used and accepted solution i.e. Skype.

It will be interesting to see how and if MS can successfully integrate and leverage this brand and technology. Regrettably, based on history I am not optimistic. Full disclosure here, since 2005 I made the mind expanding, productivity boosting, stress free, and virtually problem free jump to Apple solutions both personally and professionally, so I readily admit I am fully an Apple and Mac product/services supporter and view all MS consumer solutions as toxic waste that should be avoided at all times. Sorry MS.

-DF

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/05/10/microsoft-nears-possible-8-billion-deal-skype/#ixzz1Lx9Nag9H
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Written by David Frederick

May 10, 2011 at 8:55 AM

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