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#347679 - 05/10/11 10:50 AM Microsoft buys Skype for US$8.5 billion
medic8r Offline
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"Hey, stop looking at Apple! We're still relevant!"

Seriously, I read that they would like to put Skype into Windows 8, especially to give them a leg up in the tablet market.

Others are wondering why they paid $8.5bn when Skype was valued at just $2.5bn a year and a half ago.
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#347690 - 05/10/11 11:52 AM Re: Microsoft buys Skype for US$8.5 billion [Re: medic8r]
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You mean "overvalued at $2.5bn"
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#347693 - 05/10/11 12:16 PM Re: Microsoft buys Skype for US$8.5 billion [Re: Ken.C]
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Yeah. Most of the stuff I see on other forums is the typical "How long until M$ ruins Skype?" or "Microsoft has jumped the shark"
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#347705 - 05/10/11 01:30 PM Re: Microsoft buys Skype for US$8.5 billion [Re: medic8r]
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Yeah, people seem to enjoy using Skype now. I can't see how Microsoft buying them is going to make that "better".
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#347707 - 05/10/11 01:48 PM Re: Microsoft buys Skype for US$8.5 billion [Re: medic8r]
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I just read in an article that one reason Microsoft wanted Skype is because of advertising revenue, and apparently there is an awful lot of it. Microsoft makes 3 billion dollars a year from advertisers, and their looking to gain more through Skype.

It doesn't justify $8.5 billion, but it had to jack the price up some.
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#347710 - 05/10/11 02:13 PM Re: Microsoft buys Skype for US$8.5 billion [Re: Ya_basta]
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And this major acquisition has what to do with Pop Tarts?
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#347712 - 05/10/11 02:52 PM Re: Microsoft buys Skype for US$8.5 billion [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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#347714 - 05/10/11 02:54 PM Re: Microsoft buys Skype for US$8.5 billion [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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I don't know, but I'll bet the M$ boardrooms are full of debate over whether to go with Christina Aguilera or Lady Gaga as their Skype spokesperson. To prove it. Or something.
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#347715 - 05/10/11 02:55 PM Re: Microsoft buys Skype for US$8.5 billion [Re: medic8r]
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Whoa, I just got post ambushed by a horde of Germans.
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#347718 - 05/10/11 03:00 PM Re: Microsoft buys Skype for US$8.5 billion [Re: medic8r]
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Or a dyslexic cat. Oop.
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