Microsoft To Buy Skype

by NMP
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Microsoft buy eBay owned Skype for $8,5 billion. Will this make
skype better? Hopefully stability and less tech errors will occur.

But now what. Windows has not been the best deals lately. So
let us hope Skype does not follow MSN lines rather continue to
work as they have been doing just using MSN server network
structure.
#buy #microsoft #skype
  • Profile picture of the author Steven Miranda
    that is a lot of money...
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    • Profile picture of the author Heather H
      The report I heard about the Skype buyout said it was an attempt by Microsoft to strengthen it's hand against Big G. I always welcome competition in the marketplace, even if it is only two big competitors.
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  • Profile picture of the author urban0id
    I just hope that not those will develop Skype who worked on Internet Explorer... or we're doomed.
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  • Profile picture of the author Recession_Proof
    I think it is good that MSN got Skype. It keeps Google from having a monopoly on damn near everything. And yes hopefully it will have less tech issues.

    Besides, Google has its hands full with Google Earth. They are sending photographers into businesses and stores now btw to collect even more data.
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    Yeah, and now they will probably charge a fee to use this system.

    When this happens, people will no longer use it.
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    • Profile picture of the author magiclouie
      Originally Posted by talfighel View Post

      Yeah, and now they will probably charge a fee to use this system.

      When this happens, people will no longer use it.
      I think some people, but not all.

      Just my 2 cents!
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    • Profile picture of the author spearce000
      Originally Posted by talfighel View Post

      Yeah, and now they will probably charge a fee to use this system.
      I suspect they'll probably bundle it into Windows 8 (or whatever they're going to call it) and discontinue MSN messenger. You already have to pay for some Skype features like Skype In and Skype out.
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      • Profile picture of the author palmer9999
        To Be Honest, I think they are biding their time. I know apple is bringing out Ipads Iphone's etc but I think Microsoft as someone mentioned are building their monopoly.

        They might not do anything with skype but at the same time think about the person who owns the last property on a monopoly board. They always seem to win.

        XBOX,PC'S just wait in 5-6 years Apple will be where Microsoft is now.
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    • Profile picture of the author magnates
      Originally Posted by talfighel View Post

      Yeah, and now they will probably charge a fee to use this system.

      When this happens, people will no longer use it.

      Lol . we don't want to pay for skype dude . if i did , i would just make the phone call . BUt all the same 8.5 billion is a lot of money
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  • Profile picture of the author garyv
    I think it's a brilliant move. People with smart phones are using skype more and more to bypass their provider and keep their usage minutes down.

    This opens a huge advertising base for which they already have advertisers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ephrils
    If Microsoft owns Skype it'll be crashing every 10 minutes with useless updates every 2 days
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  • Profile picture of the author iAmNameLess
    Hmmm...

    You have to wonder though... Is a google monopoly better than a microsoft monopoly? I don't know...
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  • Profile picture of the author marketwarrior06
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    i don't think it will be better.
    we have already seen the MSN. i don't know but i personally don't like microsoft products
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  • I use skype I hope they don't destroy it
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    Originally Posted by NMP View Post

    Microsoft buy eBay owned Skype for $8,5 billion. Will this make skype better?
    Since I prefer Microsoft products to non-Microsoft products, it already has.
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    • Originally Posted by CDarklock View Post

      Since I prefer Microsoft products to non-Microsoft products, it already has.
      How very open minded of you...... It's Microsoft so it must be good, just as good as someone saying its apple it must be good. There is no evidence to back this up. Imagine if you bought a telephone from a company that had a history of OK televisions but had built one telephone in the past that was terrible... Would you consider that a wise purchase??

      As has been mentioned I just hope we dont see what happened to MSN start to happen to Skype. I personally love Skype and use it daily for business and non business. Yes it has it's tech issues but the platform is pretty sound as it is.

      Lets hope they don't change it too much and just refine what is already a great platform for global communication.

      Lets wait and see what the first Microsoft update brings, I just hope they beta test it internally rather than send it out seemingly untested as they do with their OS'...
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        Originally Posted by simondoddmarketing View Post

        There is no evidence to back this up.
        One billion Windows users.

        With a B.

        You can say Windows sucks all day long.

        That's just words.

        Actions speak louder than.

        BILLION.
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  • Profile picture of the author KenThompson
    I'd rather see MS own it than Google. I'm wondering if MS has
    plans for doing more with mobile and using Skype as a leveraging
    tool for entry.


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  • Profile picture of the author Trivum
    The funny thing is that Microsoft did more than Skype YEARS ago. ... I remember using their video chat system with file sharing and screen sharing and drawing capabilities with a partner who was in a different country in 2000.

    That's why I was a little surprise when Skype started to take off. I wasn't sure why it was so hip and cool. It actually did less then than MS was doing years before.
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  • Profile picture of the author cliveohagan
    I think if Microsoft introduce an auto spell checker for skype that would be good, once the little annoying paper clip doesn't pop up and tell me the obvious, like " I think you are trying to type a message to your friend there" crap. Time will tell.

    Clive
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    • Profile picture of the author Teravel
      Originally Posted by Heather H View Post

      The report I heard about the Skype buyout said it was an attempt by Microsoft to strengthen it's hand against Big G. I always welcome competition in the marketplace, even if it is only two big competitors.
      Microsoft and Google are not the only big competitors... More people are switching to Mac and Linux based systems for both business and personal use. This is why Microsoft is trying to buy up software that lots of people use.

      Originally Posted by Moris View Post

      If Microsoft owns skype then technically skype will work better.
      Simply put... No. But, if they make changes, then it could be better and it could be worse. Microsoft making a purchase doesn't automatically make a program better.

      Originally Posted by talfighel View Post

      Yeah, and now they will probably charge a fee to use this system.

      When this happens, people will no longer use it.
      There are already some fee's for Skype. But, if Microsoft edits the software and charges more than people are willing to pay, you can bet some smart marketer will outsource a new "Skype Wanna-Be" that will replace skype.
      In effect, it will be similar to when Napster was shut down. Within a few hours, Morpheus, Bearshare, Limewire, and many others all sprang up to pick up the slack. When one business falls short, another business will get stronger.

      Just my thoughts...
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    hope they make it better and make it work better on windows 7 note books
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Sol
    I have made 2 HUGE mistakes in the past 2 years or so;
    1. Actually paid for a legit copy of Windows Vista
    2. Spent $50 on a Microsoft hd webcam

    ... I am going to be pretty upset if Microsoft will modify Skype. It has never crashed and always worked smoothly for me...
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim Franklin
    Well that is a surprise, I have been using the MAC OSX version for some time now, I wonder if windows will now burn the OSX version of skype considering the history of these two companies it is possible, Ebay was never really a serious Tech company anyway.

    interesting development, I do not think that just because there is now a new owner it would automatically make it better or worse, I suppose only time will tell the truth of that.
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  • Profile picture of the author groceryalerts
    I am a major Skype user - use all their services. Hope their quality does not go down at all.
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  • Profile picture of the author garyv
    Wow, this is an interesting development:

    Microsoft promises not to ditch Mac, iPhone, Android Skype users - symbian, smartphones, Skype, Phones, Nokia, Mobile Apps and Services, Microsoft, IT industry, Google, Desktop Apps, consumer electronics, BI Research, Apple, ABI research - Good Gear

    "Ballmer and Skype CEO Tony Bates, who will report directly to Ballmer after the conclusion of the acquisition, did not spell out detailed plans for Skype going forward, instead saying only that it would add Skype support to the Xbox and Kinect gaming devices and Windows Phone, and integrate Skype and its users with Microsoft's Outlook email client and its Lync and Xbox Live services."
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  • Profile picture of the author Jake Gray
    When I woke up this morning, I saw this. That
    amount is ... crazy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Success With Dany
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    Is it comparable to Google buying Youtube for 2 bil 5 years ago? Or apples and oranges?
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  • please do not make it harder to create account on skype like msn. we can only create 5000 account in msn per day. but for skype ,we need a lot more than that. and please do not charge money for using it.

    o my skype....what gonna happen to you!!!! i am now worried !!!!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author iuditg
    I just hope microsoft keep skype free and don't charge, let things work as they are working right now.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    Only time will tell how this will play out. But let's face it, MS bought Skype not just for the technology, but for the 600 million users (growing daily) that it already has. And Skype isn't Hotmail. I read an article today that stated that MS overpaid for Skype.

    How in the frick could they even know that already? Only time will tell if the investment pays off. It's definitely a lot of money though. This is one of the few times that I really don't have an opinion either way since I don't think there's enough information, yet. I use Skype a lot so I'm curious how this will play out.

    But one thing's for sure, MS still has a ton of talent and resources to keep Skype growing.

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    Hoping for the best
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  • Profile picture of the author Tylos
    I don't think it will better for we people, bcz there may be charges will be high or Microsoft may take it monopoly. By the way now skype is going very well.
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