Monday, May 9, 2011

Microsoft to buy Skype

In a not too unexpected move, it's all but certain that Microsoft Corporation and internet telephony giant Skype have closed a deal worth an estimated $8 billion dollars to sell Skype to the Redmond based software company. The last few weeks have been filled with speculation about who out of three possible suitors may end up in control of the worlds most popular VoIP company. Potential candidates included Google, Facebook, and Microsoft.

While little is known about the deal, it's expected that the two companies will announce the acquisition sometimes tomorrow morning. Even more unknown is the impact that Microsoft ownership will have on Skype or how it might effect Skypes movement into the SIP and Linux spaces. It's all but certain though that development on the Linux client, which has lagged behind the Windows version since its introduction, will receive even less attention or might even be discontinued under Microsoft ownership.

This marks the third time Skype has been acquired in the last few years including what amounted to a disastrous attempt by online auction company eBay to monetize and integrate the service with their site. Ebay sold the service to a holding group a few years ago at the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars.

More tomorrow
(edited as there is no need for details. They are all over the internet).

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