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    Now that Microsoft will acquire Skype, what does it mean for webOS? Windows 7 already have more apps than webOS does, with windows 8 coming on tablets and possibly phone, does that mean windows will become the third major player behind iOS and Android. I was ho;ing webOS would take that space from RIM and Nokia, but looks like Microsoft maybe the third biggest mobile software vendor after iOS and Android. They already have sync in car.

    Maybe time for H/P to acquire few important companies. I say buy Facebook and Samsung. What other companies you guys can think of?
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    And dont forget microsoft also has XBOX and Kinect, imagine what they can do with Skype and Kinect together. Plus they can phuc up all the competition like google did with Google maps.
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    Woah. I missed a memo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Psychonaut View Post
    Woah. I missed a memo.
    Wall street Journal and All things D says they are going to announce it tomorrow.
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    it means we are a little more doomed than before....
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    I think this purchase is funny. Skype is over-hyped for this purchase and soon to be obsolete with everyone producing phones with front cameras for video conferencing. I don't think they need Skype for the video conferencing on iOS. So, it is my guess that they don't need it on Android or WebOS.
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    This a BIG threat to any other phone brand. However is not totally clear if they will still license to them, although "MS and Skype share the vision of bringing software innovation and products to our customers,” and "Microsoft will continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms"

    Press Release:

    Microsoft to Acquire Skype
    Combined companies will benefit consumers, businesses and increase market opportunity.

    REDMOND, Wash., and LUXEMBOURG – May 10, 2011 – Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: “MSFT”) and Skype Global S. r.l today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire Skype, the leading Internet communications company, for $8.5 billion in cash from the investor group led by Silver Lake. The agreement has been approved by the boards of directors of both Microsoft and Skype.

    The acquisition will increase the accessibility of real-time video and voice communications, bringing benefits to both consumers and enterprise users and generating significant new business and revenue opportunities. The combination will extend Skype’s world-class brand and the reach of its networked platform, while enhancing Microsoft’s existing portfolio of real-time communications products and services.

    With 170 million connected users and over 207 billion minutes of voice and video conversations in 2010, Skype has been a pioneer in creating rich, meaningful connections among friends, families and business colleagues globally.

    Microsoft has a long-standing focus and investment in real-time communications across its various platforms, including Lync (which saw 30 percent revenue growth in Q3), Outlook, Messenger, Hotmail and Xbox LIVE.

    Skype will support Microsoft devices like Xbox and Kinect, Windows Phone and a wide array of Windows devices, and Microsoft will connect Skype users with Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live and other communities. Microsoft will continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms.

    “Skype is a phenomenal service that is loved by millions of people around the world,” said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. “Together we will create the future of real-time communications so people can easily stay connected to family, friends, clients and colleagues anywhere in the world.”

    Skype will become a new business division within Microsoft, and Skype CEO Tony Bates will assume the title of president of the Microsoft Skype Division, reporting directly to Ballmer.

    “Microsoft and Skype share the vision of bringing software innovation and products to our customers,” said Tony Bates. “Together, we will be able to accelerate Skype’s plans to extend our global community and introduce new ways for everyone to communicate and collaborate,” Bates said.

    “Tony Bates has a great track record as a leader and will strengthen the Microsoft management team. I’m looking forward to Skype’s talented global workforce bringing its insights, ideas and experience to Microsoft,” Ballmer said.

    Speaking on behalf of the investor group that sold Skype to Microsoft, Egon Durban, managing director of Silver Lake, said: “We are thrilled with Skype’s transformation during the period of our ownership and grateful for the extraordinary commitment of its management team and employees. We are excited about Skype’s long-term future with Microsoft, as it is poised to become one of the world’s most dynamic and comprehensive communications platforms.”

    Founded in 2003, Skype was acquired by eBay in September 2005, and then acquired by an investment group led by Silver Lake in November 2009. Skype has made impressive progress over the past 18 months under Silver Lake’s leadership, increasing monthly calling minutes by 150 percent, developing new revenue streams and strategic partnerships, acquiring the intellectual property powering its peer-to-peer network, and recruiting an outstanding senior management team.

    Other members of the selling investor group led by Silver Lake include eBay International AG, CPP Investment Board, Joltid Limited in partnership with Europlay Capital Advisors; and Andreessen Horowitz.

    The acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. The parties hope to obtain all required regulatory clearances during the course of this calendar year.
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    Clearly Microsoft didn't want Google to buy Skype, so they definately did over paid, however Microsoft has tons of money to burn. So 8.5 billion won't hurt the company. And Skype is just a small piece of block of their complete ecosystem. They can definately use it tons of different stuffs in their projects.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kkhanmd View Post
    Now that Microsoft will acquire Skype, what does it mean for webOS? Windows 7 already have more apps than webOS does, with windows 8 coming on tablets and possibly phone, does that mean windows will become the third major player behind iOS and Android. I was ho;ing webOS would take that space from RIM and Nokia, but looks like Microsoft maybe the third biggest mobile software vendor after iOS and Android. They already have sync in car.

    Maybe time for H/P to acquire few important companies. I say buy Facebook and Samsung. What other companies you guys can think of?
    It means that MS Skype support on webOS Devices is going to be as stellar as Google Maps.
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    I think this purchase has more to do with integrating those features into their desktop and gaming systems. It will be used on their mobile platform, but anyone providing video conferencing solutions for desktops isn't going to be pleased with this announcement. Picture in picture video chat while playing on a game console would also be an attractive feature to many users.
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    I say buy H/P should buy Samsung
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    Quote Originally Posted by kkhanmd View Post
    I say buy H/P should buy Samsung
    LOL. I think Samsung should buy HP.
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    As much as I think this can hurt other handset makers... I think the carriers should be even more afraid. In the hands of the enemy, Microsoft could turn all voice calls into data, and grab a huge amount of the carrier's revenue.

    More likely, they will use it as a weapon to get the carriers to prefer WP7 and Windows Tablets. They are masters at creating leverage.

    I am amazed that HP/Apple/etc wouldn't have spent whatever was needed to keep skype away from a competitor. I am not excited by this news.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cantaffordit View Post
    As much as I think this can hurt other handset makers... I think the carriers should be even more afraid. In the hands of the enemy, Microsoft could turn all voice calls into data, and grab a huge amount of the carrier's revenue.

    More likely, they will use it as a weapon to get the carriers to prefer WP7 and Windows Tablets. They are masters at creating leverage.

    I am amazed that HP/Apple/etc wouldn't have spent whatever was needed to keep skype away from a competitor. I am not excited by this news.
    I think google maps should be made public also, all OS's should have the same features as android does
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cantaffordit View Post
    As much as I think this can hurt other handset makers... I think the carriers should be even more afraid. In the hands of the enemy, Microsoft could turn all voice calls into data, and grab a huge amount of the carrier's revenue.
    I think carriers are smart enough to change pricing schemes if everyone starts using all data. I also think data plans have limits on most carriers or carriers have the option of changing this detail due to the fine print.

    Carriers are looking ahead towards an all data VOIP based service model but it will not be using SKYPE it will likley use the standards based VOIP ultimately.
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    no matter how they change pricing, if voice is just another data stream, the carriers are reduced to being pipes, and they will see price competition increase. That's why vzw made a deal with skype.

    the carriers are not going to like this. I just wish HP had been the one to buy skype. And I'll bet you that google builds a skype-like service to compete with skype now.

    just sayin
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cantaffordit View Post
    no matter how they change pricing, if voice is just another data stream, the carriers are reduced to being pipes, and they will see price competition increase. That's why vzw made a deal with skype.

    the carriers are not going to like this. I just wish HP had been the one to buy skype. And I'll bet you that google builds a skype-like service to compete with skype now.

    just sayin
    Didnt H/P bought some video service recently?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kkhanmd View Post
    Didnt H/P bought some video service recently?
    yea. I forget who :/

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