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Skype rumored making deal with Microsoft

updated 08:10 am EDT, Mon May 9, 2011

Skype may partner with Microsoft on new deal

Purported insiders near Skype said on Sunday that Microsoft had joined Facebook and Google in angling for a possible deal. Its hopes weren't clear but could range from a basic partnership to an investment or even a takeover. A deal with any of the three companies could be made public as soon as Monday, GigaOM said, and something was expected this week.

Facebook has been tipped as one of the more likely candidates. Joint news was expected from Facebook and Skype "soon," some sourrces said.

Skype declined to comment.

Microsoft's reasons for getting involved, if true at all, could vary widely. On an enterprise level, it could lead to easier voice and video calls that connected to conventional phone numbers as well as online. Windows Phone 7 is already getting Skype, and this existing deal could be part of the news, but a partnership or a takeover could make it an integral though not necessarily exclusive feature of its mobile phone OS.

Speculation has been raised that Skype could also be used as a Trojan horse. A deal or a buyout could get a foot in the door at carriers that haven't been as willing to adopt Windows Phone 7.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. Wingsy

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2005

    +12

    comment title

    A Trojan Horse, with all the warriors inside being infected with smallpox.

  1. paulc

    Junior Member

    Joined: Aug 2000

    +9

    Oh...

    When I first saw the version 5 Mac interface, I thought "Gee, when did M$ buy out Skype and install their own GUI programmers?"

  1. Cronocide

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Nov 2010

    +3

    I'm out.

    s**** you Skype. Your service sucks, the interface sucks, your prices are outrageous and your system is completely incompatible with everyone elses. iChat, here I come.

  1. Marook

    Forum Regular

    Joined: May 1999

    +10

    Flea-market...

    If M$ take over Skype, prepare for users to flea the platform in 3..2..1...

  1. Mr. Strat

    Junior Member

    Joined: Jan 2002

    +5

    Go for it

    Skype should fit in well with Microsoft's other security holes. I don't use it, so I don't care. But it's a problem here on campus.

  1. mistercleanboise

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2009

    +7

    Go for broke

    I hope a bidding war ensues and Microsoft wins; after paying billions and billions. Go monkey boy go!

  1. nat

    Junior Member

    Joined: Mar 2002

    +5

    would s*#k

    yuck, have friends that use skype in france, england, germany and spain and i also have skype phone number that i use a lot. this would be bad.

  1. daqman

    Junior Member

    Joined: Sep 2000

    +6

    Nooooooo

    Seriously though in a few years this will be another one of those "Microsoft innovations". You know, where they can't make anything decent themselves so they buy someone else instead.

  1. coffeetime

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Nov 2006

    +1

    Alternative...

    The number one alternative to Skype right now is Viber. The down side of Viber is can't do smartphone call to landline. Only smartphone to smartphone. The best part of Viber is it's free from the App Store and it's no charge to make phone calls. I do agree Skype is getting expensive. The calling minutes are getting less for the same amount that you are paying.

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    +4

    back in the day

    I remember when Skype was a friendly company and a nice piece of software... somehing you just had to have on your computer. It helped you stay in touch with the people you care about, it didn't get in your way (that much) and you never had the feeling you got scr*wed. You thought you were getting a good deal.

    Then they got both greedy (too expensive group video chats, SkypeOut price hikes) and ugly (Skype 5.0 interface - what were they thinking??), and now with that rumored M$ deal... it looks like Skype is on some kind of suicide mission.

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