Microsoft confirmed to buy Skype for $8.5 Billion
As earlier report the Skype finally goes for Microsoft, Microsoft Steve Balmer announced the deal on Skype for $8.5 billion in cash. Even though there was rumor that Google and Facebook were prepping to break a deal over Skype, that didn’t happen. Skype is one of the most leading VoIP company that is used by 170 million users all over the world and during 2010 it made 207 billion minutes of voice and video calls during 2010. The Redmond software giant claims that it will continue to support Skype on non-Microsoft platforms.
According to Microsoft, Skype will be supported on platforms like the Xbox and Kinect, Windows Phone, and a variety of Windows devices will connect Skype users with Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live, and other communities. Skype using the Kinect would be an interesting thing indeed.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said 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.” he added.
One key promise from Microsoft that will be required by regulators eyeing the purchase is that Microsoft has committed to continued development of Skype for non-Microsoft platforms. I know a lot of Android users won’t be happy about this announcement at all. According to a press release, Microsoft will create a new division specifically for Skype with current Skype CEO Tony Bates assuming the title of president of the Microsoft Skype Division.
The deal is expected to bring more chances for Microsoft in competition if the deep integration of the VoIP with Windows Phones since consumers are slowly moving to wireless carrier data networks. ANyway what do you think about the deal?