Well, this came as a huge surprise for me. I recently wrote a post about hoping Skype will not let themselves be bought by Facebook because I thought they are profitable to begin with. So when I learned that Microsoft bought them for 8.5 billion dollars, it caught me off-guard.
But after reading the news, I guess it is understandable. Skype is losing money and because of Microsoft’s purchase, they will take care of Skype’s debts. These days, it is a time of merger and purchases as the top 3 tech giants (Microsoft, Apple, Google) keep buying company after company to keep themselves ahead of the pack or just try to keep up with the top dogs.
While buying Skype can be good for any company I’m sure, I wonder what applications Microsoft plans to incorporate it into. Hotmail? Not so many users compared to GMail. Heck, the UI sucks even I do not use it. Integrate it with IE? Who uses one these days?
Since it already happened. Good luck to Microsoft. I can see incorporating Skype with their Xbox and Kinect as the only positive thing. Their Windows 7 phones are not doing any good either. (Photo from CNN)