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Old 05-10-2011, 05:06 PM   #1
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Microsoft has announced the agreed acquisition of internet telephone company Skype for an eye-popping $8.5 billion.
"Skype will support Microsoft devices like Xbox and Kinect," noted the Xbox maker, "Windows Phone and a wide array of Windows devices, and Microsoft will connect Skype users with Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live and other communities."
Xbox Live already allows Kinect owners with Gold subscriptions to video-chat with friends. Skype's technology will presumably build on this - but to what degree?
A Microsoft press conference at 4pm BST will iron out the remaining details of the deal.

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/20...USD8-5-billion
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Old 05-10-2011, 05:18 PM   #2
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Where do you think that extra 10 dollars went?

bet they will make it another feature for gold then up the price like they did ESPN.
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I don't really know what to say about this. I guess when you have money you can get what ever you want in life. Why can't there be designated companies that are great without being ran underneath a high franchising business. Kind of dumb to me.
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Other than giving MS some extra stuff, this doesn't do that much in retrospect. It was owned by Ebay, then sold off to investors a while back as it would stand. I'd guess that they'll go the Youtube-Google route in that Google lets Youtube do its thing. MS would be foolish to alter Skype that much.
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Better than earlier speculations that it was Facebook that was buying them. Judging by all of their (Facebook's) gaffes in the past, I would have likely uninstalled it had the deal gone through.
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well i guess this mean no skype for ps3



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Hopefully the Macintosh and Linux Skype clients will continue being developed and Microsoft won't ruin them.

Aside from that, this is good for Xbox Live, but I think a Facebook acquisition would've been better. Still, Microsoft owns a portion of Facebook, so I'm sure they could find a way to work Skype into Facebook's Chat service for voice and video calling to Facebook friends.
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