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Microsoft officially closes Skype deal

updated 05:45 am EDT, Fri October 14, 2011

Microsoft subsumes Skype for VoIP

Microsoft late Thursday officially closed its acquisition of Skype. The $8.5 billion deal now sees Skype become an internal division of Microsoft, with its former CEO Tony Bates now reporting directly to Microsoft's Steve Ballmer. Although the company would be focused on Microsoft, Bates reiterated Microsoft's claims that Skype would stay platform-agnostic and support more than just Windows and Windows Phone.

"Microsoft is committed to the ubiquity of the Skype experience - communication across every device and every platform will remain a primary focus," he said.

Internally, Skype is expected to be the de facto choice for video chat features. Business communication apps are likely to be some of the first, but it should also integrate into Windows Phone and become an equivalent to Apple's FaceTime or Google Talk. The Xbox 360's Kinect system may also get video chat as an option.

Microsoft had already estimated that the deal would close in October and has FTC approval as well as EU clearance. The European approval was thought to be the most difficult hurdle given Microsoft's history of running afoul of EU antitrust law.

by MacNN Staff



  1. daqman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Ok well

    Time to close the Skype account before I find myself dragged into the Microsoft counterculture.

  1. facebook_Collin

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Oct 2011



    R.I.P. Skype.

    It looks like I will have to try Facebook video chat for cross platform chats. Does anyone have alternatives to suggest? Lucky for me most of the people I want to see when I chat have Macs and/or iPhones.

  1. Grendelmon

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Any alternatives that are Mac + Linux friendly...?

  1. BigMac2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Killing competition

    It's so typical of Microsoft to buyout competition. For years Microsoft try and succeed to dominate instant messaging service, making ICQ his first victim. Like they do before with IE, they hardcoded MSN in their UI making it almost impossible to disable and forcing everyone to use it and cripple the competition.

    In the last few years, Microsoft seams to let MSN die by it self and now they buyout his biggest competitor: Skype. I think the Fair trade office should examine this case.

  1. facebook_Jovin

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    Joined: Oct 2011



    nice post

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