Cisco loses fight to reverse Microsoft's purchase of Skype in European court

Microsoft bought the Skype VoIP service in 2011 for $8.5 billion, but rival Cisco went to court in Europe to reverse that move in 2012. Today, a decision from the Luxembourg-based General Court has handed defeat to Cisco and allows the Microsoft-Skype merger to continue without any changes.

Reuters reports that while Cisco tried to argue that the purchase of Skype by Microsoft created a monopoly in video conferencing, the court felt differently. The judges' statement said:

Microsoft's acquisition of Skype is compatible with the (European Union's) internal market. The merger does not restrict competition either on the consumer video communications market or on the business video communications market.

Cisco, who filed their opposition to the merger along with European Skype rival Messagenet, said they wanted to see Microsoft and other companies work on a common set of standards for video conferencing so that different products could work together. In a statement after the ruling, it said, "Cisco is disappointed that the court did not require the Commission to revisit inter-operability requirements for the Microsoft/Skype merger." However, it also said it would not appeal today's decision to Europe's highest court.

Source: Reuters | Image via Microsoft

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Cisco just angry they couldnt buy skype out. I dont use skype and think its the most slowest and bloated application ever, but good for Microsoft.

Slow and bloated? Yea No... I run both Skype for Windows Desktop and the Modern app on 8.1, I've seen no issue. Skype Desktop runs at about 120MB ram, pretty much Zero CPU when not in use and Launches in not even a second, Both are fast and responsive

All this on a 2+ year old Lenovo laptop(non-SSD) SO perhaps your PC is the issue or your install is bugged, malware ridden or Fragmented to pieces. one of the four

Irks me people spreading their FUD

Edited by dingl_, Dec 11 2013, 4:51pm :

Soldiers33 said,
I dont use skype and think its the most slowest and bloated application ever

as opposed to what? oovoo has loads of ads and more footprint, google talk lacks many features. AOL and Yahoo messengers are long dead.

Aaaand Skype can take minutes or even hours to send a message, despite 'instant messaging' having been established for years..Of all the bits to make a mess of -_-.

(Not that it isn't getting better, but it's still horrendous).

dingl_ said,
Slow and bloated? Yea No... I run both Skype for Windows Desktop and the Modern app on 8.1, I've seen no issue. Skype Desktop runs at about 120MB ram, pretty much Zero CPU when not in use and Launches in not even a second, Both are fast and responsive

All this on a 2+ year old Lenovo laptop(non-SSD) SO perhaps your PC is the issue or your install is bugged, malware ridden or Fragmented to pieces. one of the four

Irks me people spreading their FUD

I wouldn't say bloated, but Skype didn't have the best reputation out there - pre-Microsoft. It is just now that Skype is being unified - developers programming with different languages on different platform, and security issues has been addressed.
Prior to that, you wouldn't see Skype on my desktop.

Soldiers33 said,
I dont use skype and think its the most slowest and bloated application ever, but good for Microsoft.
It's completely transparent in use on my Nokia Lumia 1020. I experience no slowdown or lag with Skype running in the background at all. Whether I get a normal call or Skype call unless I actually look at the screen I would not know.

Soldiers33 said,
Cisco just angry they couldnt buy skype out. I dont use skype and think its the most slowest and bloated application ever, but good for Microsoft.

Skype isn't slow, or bloated. Skype is just goofy and sometimes doesn't take its users seriously. They could definitively use a complete UX makeover.

Soldiers33 said,
Cisco just angry they couldnt buy skype out. I dont use skype and think its the most slowest and bloated application ever, but good for Microsoft.

Not saying it couldn't use some work, however slow and bloated i just don't see it. I also get my messages straight away, no waits at all.

ChristopherSmith said,
Aaaand Skype can take minutes or even hours to send a message, despite 'instant messaging' having been established for years..Of all the bits to make a mess of -_-.

(Not that it isn't getting better, but it's still horrendous).

don't worry next year they'll switch from old skype p2p protocol, to the new microsoft cloud based on azure

Spicoli said,
It seems just the existence of Google Hangouts would kill that argument.

given the low usage of google+ and hangouts compare to skype no, it doesn't. But cisco's argument was never based on that but based on protecting a market for uber expensive telecom systems. Today with an xbox1 and Kinect you can do the same cisco charges for no less than 10K.

Cisco makes high end rack-mount style video conferencing systems, the kind you might easily spend $50,000 to setup a single room. The industry is moving more towards PC based video conferencing and Cisco is worried.

Skype on desktop is not so bad, it's when you start using the so-called unification like desktop and smartphone at the same time, you start getting messages 24 hours late, if you use a microsoft account you start getting all your live contacts messages from a single ID called "Live" with no indication where the original message came from, when you're actually in a call the bandwidth usage even with supernode, on or off is pretty meaty too.

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