RIP Skype

Posted on May 10, 2011


Microsoft is buying Skype. This is surely going to be the big topic/headline du jour. And surely if anyone can fsck it up, Microsoft can. We’ll see. It’s an interesting play on the back of it’s Nokia/Blackberry partnership moves.

At a value close to $8 billion, the Skype deal would rank as the biggest acquisition in the 36-year history of Microsoft, a company that traditionally has shied away from large deals. In 2007, Microsoft paid approximately $6 billion to acquire online advertising firm aQuantive Inc. Many current and former Microsoft executives believe Microsoft significantly overpaid for that deal. But they are also relieved that Microsoft gave up on an unsolicited $48 billion offer for Yahoo Inc. nearly three years ago. Yahoo is valued at half that sum today.

Your Sources:

SKYPE-MICROSOFT: Meet The Winners And Losers┬á– Business Insider (linked as view one page, pageview THIS Blodget & co. ­čÖé )

Why Microsoft is Buying Skype for $8.5┬áBillion – Gigaom

Is Microsoft About To Overpay For┬áSkype?┬á– TechCrunch

Microsoft Buys Skype For $8.5 Billion, Now What?┬á– Search Engine Land

Microsoft Said to Discuss Buying Internet-Call Provider Skype – Bloomberg

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