Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Microsoft Buys Skype For $8.5 Billion
According to the reports, Ballmer will now head Skype directly. Once the merger is complete, Microsoft plans to add Skype support to its Xbox and Kinect gaming devices and Windows Phone mobile operating system.
Microsoft already has Windows Live Messenger that supports video/voice calls but now with the purchase of Skype, we can be sure that with Skype's presence across the globe, Windows Live messenger users will be able to get their own personal phone numbers across the world.
The telephony infrastructure would make a valuable addition to the Messenger/Lync platform. It could also tie-in well with Exchange 2010, which offers voicemail integration.
Once this happens, eBay would come out stupid because they sold Skype with $1.2 billion loss and now the original owners of Skype are gaining almost $5-6 billion profit. Where was microsoft when eBay sold it for few billions??