Microsoft to buy Skype

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  1. Mad Echidna

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    <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2011/05/10/microsofts-acquisition-of-skype-for-8-5-billion-becomes-offici/" target="_blank">http://www.engadget.com/2011/05/10/microso...becomes-offici/</a>

    <!--quoteo--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE </div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->It was pretty much known about since last night, but Microsoft and Skype have now obliterated any lingering doubt in the matter: the Redmond-based software giant will acquire the internet telephony company for a cool $8.5 billion in cash. Xbox and Kinect support are explicitly mentioned in the announcement of this definitive agreement, as is Windows Phone integration -- both the gaming and mobile aspects being presumably key incentives for Microsoft to acquire Skype. Importantly, this purchase shouldn't affect Skypers outside of the Microsoft ecosystem, as Steve Ballmer's team promises to continue "to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms." Skype was first sold for a relative bargain at $2.5b to eBay in 2005, who in turn sold most of it off to Silver Lake in 2009 at an overall valuation of $2.75b, and now Redmond is concluding proceedings by tripling those earlier prices and offering Skype a permanent home. A new Microsoft Skype Division will now be opened up to accommodate the newcomers, with current Skype CEO Tony Bates becoming president of that operation and reporting directly to Ballmer.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->

    I can only hope that Microsoft sticks to their promise to support "Non Microsoft platforms", but they of course can change that policy at any time. Skype was already neglecting the Linux and Mac versions before this happened.

    To anyone worried about the future of Skype on their Mac, Linux PC, iPhone, or Android device, all I have for you is this:

    <img src="http://spindash.org/stuff/infrastructures.png" border="0" class="linked-image" />
     
  2. MathUser

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    This probably means Skype will be removed from PSP and won't be in NGP.
     
  3. Lanzer

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    Off one console, on another:

    <a href="http://ca.kotaku.com/5800360/skype-coming-to-kinect-windows-phone-xbox-live" target="_blank">Skype Officially Coming to Kinect, Windows Phone, Xbox Live</a> (Kotaku.ca)

    So its pretty much confirmed to be coming to the xbox next. but why the kinect? wasn't windows live messenger kinect doing what skype has been doing for other platforms?
     
  4. Andlabs

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    ...with regard to the comic, is there a free technology VoIP platform? If not, then that's... well...
     
  5. Mad Echidna

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    <!--quoteo(post=585466:date=May 10 2011, 08:26 AM:name=Andlabs)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Andlabs @ May 10 2011, 08:26 AM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=585466"><img src="public/style_images/retro/snapback.png"></a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->...with regard to the comic, is there a free technology VoIP platform? If not, then that's... well...<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->

    <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Session_Initiation_Protocol" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Session_Initiation_Protocol</a>

    <a href="http://www.osalt.com/skype" target="_blank">http://www.osalt.com/skype</a>
     
  6. Spanner

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    A huge problem with Skype is that the Windows version is pretty much the only build that features everything, yet there is still no consistent functionality and appearance for Mac and Linux? This would be best sorted out, but then again, Microsoft bought it.
     
  7. Black Squirrel

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    "Microsoft Skype" has a much better ring to it than "Windows Live Messenger" or whatever they call it these days.

    I don't know why people don't just come together to agree on an instant messaging standard tbh. Pidgin is compatible with SEVENTEEN different chat networks by default. We don't need that many in 2011.
     
  8. Mad Echidna

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    <!--quoteo(post=585480:date=May 10 2011, 09:20 AM:name=Black Squirrel)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Black Squirrel @ May 10 2011, 09:20 AM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=585480"><img src="public/style_images/retro/snapback.png"></a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->"Microsoft Skype" has a much better ring to it than "Windows Live Messenger" or whatever they call it these days.

    I don't know why people don't just come together to agree on an instant messaging standard tbh. Pidgin is compatible with SEVENTEEN different chat networks by default. We don't need that many in 2011.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->

    <a href="http://www.jabber.org/" target="_blank">http://www.jabber.org/</a>

    'nuff said.
     
  9. Billy

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    I <I>can't wait</I> for ads within Skype.
     
  10. Sik

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    <!--quoteo(post=585502:date=May 10 2011, 02:17 PM:name=Billy)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Billy @ May 10 2011, 02:17 PM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=585502"><img src="public/style_images/retro/snapback.png"></a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->I <I>can't wait</I> for ads within Skype.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->Or it being integrated into Live? Skype Live! (in before a complete protocol change to force everybody to move there)

    Though I'm not sure if forcing Skype into Live would be such a smart business move, coming to think on it... People using Skype on non-Microsoft platforms may be a pretty good source of income, after all. Maybe they'll just add Skype support to Live rather than merging it.
     
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    Oh well, it's better than fucking Faecesbook obtaining it.

    Don't see the gigantic problem to Microsoft getting it though, considering it's fucking everywhere, it's kinda hard to make it Windows only.
     
  12. Sik

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    <a href="http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/34584/Microsoft_To_Buy_Skype_Bringing_Service_to_Xbox_Live_Kinect.php" target="_blank">Microsoft To Buy Skype, Bringing Service to Xbox Live, Kinect</a>
    <!--quoteo--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE </div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->The company promised to continue support for Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms, including Mac, Linux, iPhone <a href="http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=16847" target="_blank">and the PSP</a>.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->So MathUser was wrong... and I probably didn't see that one coming. Are they still gonna support the PSP? Serious?
     
  13. <!--quoteo(post=585521:date=May 10 2011, 02:15 PM:name=Sik)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Sik @ May 10 2011, 02:15 PM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=585521"><img src="public/style_images/retro/snapback.png"></a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec--><a href="http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/34584/Microsoft_To_Buy_Skype_Bringing_Service_to_Xbox_Live_Kinect.php" target="_blank">Microsoft To Buy Skype, Bringing Service to Xbox Live, Kinect</a>
    <!--quoteo--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE </div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->The company promised to continue support for Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms, including Mac, Linux, iPhone <a href="http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=16847" target="_blank">and the PSP</a>.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->So MathUser was wrong... and I probably didn't see that one coming. Are they still gonna support the PSP? Serious?
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    Well it is a portable system. Kinda like them letting Rare put games on Nintendo handhelds, must be a similar case.
     
  14. Sik

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    Well, that makes sense I guess. Windows Mobile goes against iPhone and Android, not against DS/3DS and PSP/NGP, so they really lose nothing by letting PSP support continue.
     
  15. Lanzer

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    Maybe its going to be a disney with marvel like-deal. Microsoft buys the company but lets skype still do its own thing including letting them still support PSP, Mac & iPhone, and Linux.

    Thats the only way I can think of Microsoft letting skype still support outside products.
     
  16. steveswede

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    It would be logical for Microsoft to support other OS because if you think about it they would be killing of revenue from people that don't use Windows.
     
  17. Roxie Mika

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    Maybe they'll make it so that the next version of Windows Live Messenger can communicate with Skype.
    I'd consider making the switch if the next version of WLM also reverted everything back to the way it all worked in the 2009 version. Fuck WLM 2011.
     
  18. Mad Echidna

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    <!--quoteo(post=585528:date=May 10 2011, 11:28 AM:name=Lanzer)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Lanzer @ May 10 2011, 11:28 AM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=585528"><img src="public/style_images/retro/snapback.png"></a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->Maybe its going to be a disney with marvel like-deal. Microsoft buys the company but lets skype still do its own thing including letting them still support PSP, Mac & iPhone, and Linux.

    Thats the only way I can think of Microsoft letting skype still support outside products.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->

    That sounds like the most likely scenario to me. If they completely swallow up Skype, they'll have some big press either way. It would be "Microsoft kills non Windows Skype clients" or "Microsoft concedes defeat and offers software for Android and Linux".
     
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    <!--quoteo--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE </div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->Importantly, this purchase shouldn't affect Skypers outside of the Microsoft ecosystem, as Steve Ballmer's team promises to continue "to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms."<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->

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    I give it two years tops before the only active Skype platforms are Windows, Windows Mobile, and the Xbox family. Oh well, Skype was nice while it lasted.
     
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    <!--quoteo(post=585548:date=May 10 2011, 12:43 PM:name=Overlord)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Overlord @ May 10 2011, 12:43 PM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=585548"><img src="public/style_images/retro/snapback.png"></a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec--><!--quoteo--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE </div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->Importantly, this purchase shouldn't affect Skypers outside of the Microsoft ecosystem, as Steve Ballmer's team promises to continue "to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms."<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->

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    I give it two years tops before the only active Skype platforms are Windows, Windows Mobile, and the Xbox family. Oh well, Skype was nice while it lasted.
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    One can't help but wonder what this means for Qt on Windows Mobile. Despite the Nokia deal Microsoft still has not announced any intentions to support Qt on Windows Phone 7, so they're going to have to either make the Phone client from scratch, or embrace Qt after all.

    But yeah, I agree with OL, look what happened in the past with companies like Hotmail and Danger. Hotmail was running just fine on FreeBSD servers, but they insisted on moving everything to Windows, even though they had to buy more hardware due to the added overhead of Windows. And of course <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danger_(company)" target="_blank">Danger</a> was forced to ax their own OS in favor of Windows CE. Danger was staffed in part by former <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Be_Inc" target="_blank">Be</a>. engineers by the way, adding an extra layer of irony to the whole thing.