Official – Microsoft to Acquire Skype
There have been rumblings over the past few days that both Facebook and Google were in talks to acquire VOIP service Skype, but a dark horse emerged yesterday in the form of the Redmond juggernaut Microsoft. This morning Skype confirmed via their official blog, that Microsoft will be acquiring Skype, which is a huge coo for Microsoft in the mobile space as well as PC and Tablets as Skype is available on multiple platforms and devices and many users rely on it for their video chats and VOIP calling. It is yet to be seen what effect this will have on Skype’s software and apps on the various platforms, but I’m sure that some changes are in order.
Full post from Skypes Tom Bates:
I’m excited to announce that Skype and Microsoft have entered into a definitive agreement whereby Microsoft will acquire Skype for $8.5 billion US. Once the acquisition closes, Skype will become a new business division of Microsoft. It is an exciting day for all of us at Skype – we’ve taken a significant step towards realising our vision of making the world a better, more connected place.
I believe this acquisition is the very best way to extend Skype’s reach and will allow us to bring real-time video and voice communications to more people around the world than ever before. The combination of Skype and Microsoft will directly benefit all of you who use Skype by ushering in a new era of generative ways for everyone to communicate.
What I love most about this company are the people who have made Skype a verb. Not only the team here at Skype and our partners, but everyone like you who uses Skype every day – you are the people who have made Skype what it is.
Once the acquisition is complete, Skype will operate as a new business division of Microsoft, and I look forward to working with the team as president of Microsoft Skype to write the next chapter of the Skype story. Onwards!