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Microsoft Buying Skype for $8.5B 605

Posted by CmdrTaco
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Approximately one trillion readers wrote in to tell us that there is a big rumor that Microsoft is buying Skype. This follows an earlier rumor that the suitor was Facebook. Unsurprisingly many people are already wondering what it would mean for Linux users of the popular VoIP platform. Many major publications are running versions of the story.
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Microsoft Buying Skype for $8.5B

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  • Re:Question.... (Score:4, Informative)

    by Chrisq (894406) on Tuesday May 10, 2011 @09:13AM (#36081706)

    Wow - all the Linux people spreading the FUD this time around. Ever stop to think that maybe, JUST MAYBE, MS is buying it for the tech, looking to expand on what's already there, being able to use their existing infrastructure to better the service, while adding it to the Xbox 360 (and future consoles), all the while, continuing development of all the versions already existing?

    Or are all you Linux fanbois just gonna dump Skype because it's owned by MS now, and you're leaving due to "principle" - i.e. being retarded?

    Just look at their past record [wikipedia.org]. Maybe that strange guy in the park with the prison tattoos really has a puppy in his van.

  • Re:Alternatives? (Score:5, Informative)

    by SimonTheSoundMan (1012395) on Tuesday May 10, 2011 @09:17AM (#36081772) Homepage

    Only available in the USA which doesn't make it a reasonable solution. :(

  • by perrin (891) on Tuesday May 10, 2011 @09:18AM (#36081796)

    According to the press release itself: "Microsoft will continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms." However, this is Microsoft, and we know how they operate. This is unlikely to be anything but a ploy to avoid objections from the authorities to the purchase. Once it is too late to stop it, I predict not a single update will go into the Linux and Android versions, and the Mac and iPhone versions will lag behind in features. So the question is what alternatives there are now.

    Another question is what Google, Facebook and Cisco will do now. If I were on the board of any of them, I'd certainly be pushing for pooling resources to create a joint venture to compete with Skype on all fronts. Could set up quite the consortium for the money they intended to spend buying Skype themselves.

    Interesting times.

  • Re:Grants Ballmer (Score:5, Informative)

    by errandum (2014454) on Tuesday May 10, 2011 @09:44AM (#36082150)

    Even MSN has a mac client. So does Office.

    If Microsoft is trying to get into de VoiP business, they might as well keep aiming at the largest number of platforms possible.

    I do believe MS is not trying to get Skype per-se, but their architecture. The common mortal wouldn't know, but Skype has proprietary encryption that still has not been beaten (Russia even wanted to ban Skype), distributed supernodes that make their network really cheap to run (compared to other kinds of architectures) while still working flawlessly over cascading NAT's, for example and a really good VoiP codec (revolutionary, really, it was the first real contender for a PC phone).

    With buying skype they'd be getting a whole lot more than business.

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