Microsoft Acquires Skype

Today, Microsoft has announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement with Skype Global S.à r.l under which Microsoft will acquire Skype, the leading Internet communications company, for $8.5 billion USD in cash.

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The acquisition will increase the accessibility of real-time video and voice communications, bringing benefits to both consumers and enterprise users and generating significant new business and revenue opportunities.

Skype will support Microsoft devices like Xbox and Kinect, Windows Phone and a wide array of Windows devices, and Microsoft will connect Skype users with Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live and other communities. Microsoft will continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms.

In a Microsoft Presspass, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer stated that;

Skype is a phenomenal service that is loved by millions of people around the world. Together we will create the future of real-time communications so people can easily stay connected to family, friends, clients and colleagues anywhere in the world

According to Skype CEO Tony Bates;

Microsoft and Skype share the vision of bringing software innovation and products to our customers. Together, we will be able to accelerate Skype’s plans to extend our global community and introduce new ways for everyone to communicate and collaborate

Skype will become a new business division within Microsoft, and Skype CEO Tony Bates will assume the title of president of the Microsoft Skype Division, reporting directly to Ballmer.

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  2. What do you think about Microsoft acquiring Skype?

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    • In as much as Microsoft already has innovative collaboration products like Lync, I still do agree that with Skype, Microsoft has a fantastic real time voice and video platform.

      Skype already has a solid user base and this is a product millions of people are used to in terms of business & personal usage. The best part of it, there will be no new learning curve.

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  3. […] 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. […]

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