Skype Sold for $8.5 Billion
The VOIP juggernaut that is Skype was purchased recently, and the corporate entity left holding the checkbook was none other than our favorite company in the world Microsoft.
Oh I kid the Microsoft, they’re a good company for the most part, I just get sick of some of their more egregious mistakes they tend to make. You MS product users know exactly what I’m talking about, wink wink.
Getting down to business, the worldwide software and hardware giant has bought the Voice-Over-IP service and they’re already planning on how to implement it to Kinect, the Xbox 360 console, Xbox Live, and many other proprietary Microsoft products.
Before you start to panic about losing your Skype on your PSP or on an Apple computer, you should know that MS has already branded the acquisition into the “Microsoft Skype Division” whose purpose will be developing and maintaining Skype on non-Microsoft products.
Shortly after the announcement went worldwide, Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer had the following statement:
“Skype is a phenomenal service that is loved by millions of people around the world, together we will create the future of real-time communications so people can easily stay connected to family, friends, clients and colleagues anywhere in the world.”
I think that this was as good enough of a reason for me to give Google Voice a real test run, don’t you?