20841814 story Microsoft Buying Skype for $8.5B 605 Posted by CmdrTaco on Tuesday May 10, 2011 @08:00AM from the zomg-avalanche dept. 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.