While Google and Facebook were fighting over who was going to get Skype, Microsoft swiftly came in and took over the service for a good $8.5 Billion dollars in Cash-Money!
Whats the next step for Skype now that Microsoft owns it? well re-integration of course, Microsoft plans to integrate the system into every single Microsoft orifice as quickly as possible. It plans to integrate Skype into the Xbox 360, Kinect, Outlook Mail service, and Microsoft Phones, this will put Microsoft in a good standing within the communications sector. With the acquisition of Skype MSN might get the chance to come back to life.
The possibilities are virtually endless when it comes to integration of Skype into MS Products, Internet Explorer with Skype client capabilities? or even video chat via your cellphone or Kinect while you are playing Xbox Live.
“Microsoft and Skype share the vision of bringing software innovation and products to our customers,” said Tony Bates, the current head of Skype who will become the president of the newly created Microsoft Skype Division. “Together, we will be able to accelerate Skype’s plans to extend our global community and introduce new ways for everyone to communicate and collaborate.” So I guess that includes Skype for Apple Products? it looks like it for now, Microsoft said the service will continue to run “smoothly”, they aren’t looking to pull the plugs on any one…. at the moment… We’ll see how long that lasts.
Via: NY Times