So say bye bye to Windows Live Messenger... what do you think since Skype can do all that live Messenger can do and more.
I want to keep my messenger, but it would be cool to integrate skype in to messenger instead :).
Also integrate it in the windows... lol
I think this will be a great acquisition for enterprise solutions.
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>> I think this will be a great acquisition for enterprise solutions.
Microsoft already has a whole Unified Communications voip solution that integrates with Office Communicator for enterprises. There's literally no technology in Skype that they didn't already have; they bought it for the user base.
The most likely case is that this is simply their way of killing off Skype support for Android/iOS/Linux, and trying to lock Skype users into their Windows platform. Watch as new features become "Windows-only" options, while MS maintains token but lackluster support for alternate OS's so that they don't incur the wrath of regulators. This is why closed-source solutions that use proprietary undocumented protocols suck.
Watch for Google Talk to suddenly get a lot of new development, as people who had been complacent with the closed but free Skype see the writing on the wall. Skype officially began its decline today.
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This is actually one of the smarter acquisition's other than NEC I have seen them do in a while. Yes there is a huge database, then you put it on there phone product as a device specific service. You also let everyone else use it on iPhone, Android, Symbian (which they pretty much now own as well), and if you don't have a market presence well they just bought one (specifically in the smart phone arena). The kicker is no one can really block them as Skype has a huge user base over all platforms as well as on every single carrier probably world wide at least I would imagine. Google talk may get a lot of development, but most people will not even know this, and as smart phones grow then so does M$ market wide. I guess I can see somewhat where those predictions come from that M$ phone will have such a huge market percentage by 2015, there pocket book as usual.
This seems like a lot of money, particularly since Microsoft already has similar technology. The claim that Microsoft bought Skype for the user base seems reasonable to me, but the price still seems high. Then again, what do I know about spending billions of dollars!?!?
I'll be watching to see what Microsoft does with Skype after the acquisition goes through. I just hope Skype gets better and continues developing rather than falling in a rut.
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