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Microsoft closes Skype acquisition

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Microsoft closes Skype acquisition
Microsoft has announced that it has finalized its $8.5 billion Skype acquisition. Skype will now be integrated as a separate business unit withing Microsoft. The future is expected to bring Skype on all levels in various Microsoft products.

“By bringing together the best of Microsoft and the best of Skype, we are committed to empowering consumers and businesses around the globe to connect in new ways,” Skype CEO Tony Bates said in a statement.“Together, we will be able to accelerate Skype’s goal to reach 1 billion users daily.”

Microsoft closes Skype acquisition
The deal has passed approval in the States and the European Union but it’s still up for review in some countries like Russia, Ukraine, Serbia and Taiwan. There, it will be closed after the review process is over.

What are the possibilities ahead? The most obvious place for Skype integration are, of course, Microsoft’s Lync and the Windows Phone platform. But we shouldn’t rule out Outlook and even Xbox Live out of the picture in the long term. There's no fixed timeline, though, and analysts point out that Lync integration for once could take up to two years as the code has to undergo significant changes.

When it comes to Windows Phone, the integration should happen much quicker as Skype is already on Android and iOS. It could and probably would get a deeper level support, aiming to rival Apple's FaceTime. The biggest hurdle to this are carriers, which have understandably resisted the integration of a VoIP client in a smartphone.

Currently users won't likely see any major differences after the acquisition, but it's expected that Skype gets a Metro UI redesign once it gets baked in Windows Phone. 

source: Microsoft 

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posted on 14 Oct 2011, 04:37 1

1. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


And I closed my skype account

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 05:37 1

3. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Good riddance!

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 04:54 1

2. chocolatebear76 (Posts: 121; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


@ivanko34
Don't worry bro,you'll return to skype sooner or later,no headhair grown escape the barber

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 06:07

4. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


no way - since some weeks skype is working very very bad
and in the meantime google voice is better so bye to skype et welcome google

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 08:21 2

5. kainy (Posts: 165; Member since: 10 Aug 2011)


I just can't ask ... How is this Microsoft's fault?

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 08:50 1

6. rabbit1 (unregistered)


he is just being an ass honestly skype is working fine, google voice receive advertisement and also tracks you so good luck with that @ivanko34

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 08:54

7. bluechrism (Posts: 99; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Just a thought, but how much would voip be less intimidating for carriers, if they just allowed Video chat on their network over 3G which has been part of the standard since 2004. AT&T and T-Mobile don't support it, and I know for international stuff, VOIP will always be preferred by customers, but at least domestically you shouldn't need a 3rd party app for video chat.

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 11:12 1

8. Forsaken77 (Posts: 548; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


Microsoft announced plans for Skype into their Xbox Live service at this past E3. So it's not for the "long-term." It was well under way even before this deal.

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