Friday, May 13, 2011

Microsoft Buys Skype

Yes yes, I know the news is a little old, but it is important. Earlier this week Microsoft made the decision to buy Skype for $8.5 billion. The interesting fact about the purchase is that it comes right before Skype planned on going public. If that had happened, Google and Facebook would have had the chance to buy shares in it. This means Google in particular better step up its game with Google Voice. Amongst other things, there was worry that Microsoft might stop supporting other platforms, make Skype a "Windows Exclusive". Steve Ballmer assured the public that cross platform support will continue, undisrupted. I personally hope there aren't charges that will start popping up to use certain Skype services, or anything like that. In addition, I hope that Google will fight back and leave their calling service free.


1 comment:

  1. I use skype all the time. I really hope they don't start charging for it!! That would be terrible!!