Friday, 13 May 2011
Microsoft Not Shy to Buy Skype
In case you have been living the life of a luddite, you probably have not heard that Microsoft has just acquired Skype.
Here are some interesting links on the topic;
Joe Wilcox comments on the acquisition with: http://www.betanews.com/joewilcox/article/print/Why-is-Microsoft-buying-Skype/1305048690
Also check out Lee Pender's comments on the MS/Skype love-in here:
I think that the purchase of Skype is a great way for Steve to use up some of that cash - especially some of the foreign account deposits he has been accumulating over the past very profitable year. It's a nice way to avoid some serious tax headaches.
Oh, and the technology? It will help with X-Box and is a "must-integrate" with Microsoft's Lync server.
Already some of the discussions on this have focussed on "Why couldn't the tech giant (MS) have just built a better/bigger version of Skype?" Note: Some think that MS already has - which adds greatly to the discussion.
I think the answer here is partly physical infrastructure and business ecosystem. A thought which is echoed here by Mary Jo Foley:
Now, MS just needs a payment (online transaction system) ...