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News Microsoft buys Skype for £5.2 billion

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by arcticstoat, 11 May 2011.

  1. arcticstoat

    arcticstoat New Member

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  2. DXR_13KE

    DXR_13KE BananaModder

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    I fear the reverse Midas touch...
     
  3. Phalanx

    Phalanx Needs more dragons and stuff.

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    Reverse? Skype are already a loss-making company.
     
  4. Snips

    Snips I can do dat, giz a job

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    I'm not really sure how this will effect current Skype users. The plus for Microsoft is that it now owns a Live messenger alternative so I imagine some merge in products in the future.

    Don't see it as bad for Skype since for all their customer base, the profits haven't really been that impressive.
     
  5. perplekks45

    perplekks45 LIKE AN ANIMAL!

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    For Skype that's amazing. Well, for the people running Skype, at least. They made a boatload of money for a company that's practically just about getting even year after year.

    MS will try to integrate Skype into everything now, I guess. From Live Messenger to Kinect, possibly even WP7. Could be interesting to see how they do it.
     
  6. Jaybles

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    "able to turn a profit of $20.6 million in 2010."

    Have i missed something here?
     
  7. ch424

    ch424 Design Warrior

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    So, Skype has:
    - Ugly, inconsistent and confusing UI on Windows
    - Proprietary protocol that locks out competitors
    - Aggressive installation process that installs browser plugins you don't want
    - Terrible mobile phone software
    - Weird port hijacking problems

    Let's hope Microsoft can fix all that for them..
     
  8. thom804

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    Exactly what I was thinking. Do some people not read the article and just comment on the headline or what?
     
  9. Kamikaze-X

    Kamikaze-X New Member

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    why would they fix them when they can just 'integrate' them all into other products?

    as previously suggested, Kinect WILL get skype support- if it didn't, MS deserve to lose money, and WP7 will get this- easy way for MS to crowbar an equivalent to FaceTime and GoogleTalk Video into their portfolio.
     
  10. Fizzban

    Fizzban Man of Many Typos

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    So Live Messenger will now probably come with Skype built in? I don't have a problem with that.
     
  11. enciem

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    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told the BBC that 'if you use Skype today, you're going to be able to continue to use Skype...

    ...for a price
     
  12. kosch

    kosch Trango in the Mango

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    Probably part of their strategy for windows mobile I should imagine.
     
  13. liratheal

    liratheal Sharing is Caring

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    Fix the memory leaks and I don't care who owns it.
     
  14. Blademrk

    Blademrk Why so serious?

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    did read somewhere that it was going to be intergrated with Kinect.
     
  15. Er-El

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    Bye-bye free Skype calls!

    Oh well. The sooner they do that, then the sooner SIP clients can take over.
     
  16. Th3Maverick

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    Sweet! I was thinking to myself last night that I would LOVE Skype over Kinect as an alternative to the stupid (and relatively useless) Kinect Chat application. Also, I'm kind of glad that Google now has a bit of competition to their all-in-one Google service suite, though it seems M$ is always a day late.

    Finally, +1 to ch424's post. Skype's UI is what caused me to switch to Google Video Chat. If I brought that to a customer at an end-of-sprint demo, I'd be fired.
     
  17. FelixTech

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    If we do the maths, we see that MS just paid over 400 years worth of Skype's profits. There must be some pretty tasty patents/technology in there!
     
  18. Lazy_Amp

    Lazy_Amp Entry AMD Engineer

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    I heard that this buyout is somewhat of a stick to Google, who was considering buying Skype themselves.
     
  19. PhenomRed

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    I hope they don't merge it into Windows Live, myself and my girlfriend use Skype for webcam, because Windows Live sucks and the cam freezes for no reason
     
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    ok this isn't me being pedantic, i'm genuinely interested

    at one point i'm certain the US billion was one hundred thousand million, whereas the UK billion was one million million.

    is this still the case or have they been equalised?

    if they haven't been then surely it's much less that £5.2 billion as that would be the UK use of the word billion.

    i'm confuzzled
     
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