It's official: Microsoft closes Skype deal

Hey @Skype: Should we do this thing?
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Well, it's official. The Microsoft-Skype deal has officially closed as it was approved by the board of directors of both companies, as well as the FTC.

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced it had offered $8.5 Billion for the Internet communications company, the biggest acquisition Microsoft has ever made. In a press release today, Microsoft confirmed what we already knew was inevitable, the deal has completed. 

According to the release;

Microsoft and Skype will remain focused on their shared goal of connecting all people across all devices and accelerating both companies’ efforts to transform real-time communications for consumers and enterprise customers.

​Microsoft announced that Skype is (as of today) an entirely new business division within Microsoft. Steve Ballmer said that "Skype is a phenomenal product and brand that is loved by hundreds of millions of people around the world" and that Microsoft "look forward to working with the Skype team to create new ways for people to stay connected to family, friends, clients and colleagues — anytime, anywhere."

Previous CEO of Skype, Tony Bates, has assumed the position of president of the Skype Division, effective immediately. His position reports directly to Steve Ballmer. Microsoft is taking this acquisition seriously. Bates said today that Skype's goal is to reach a billion users daily, and with Microsoft this may actually be possible.

It's already been confirmed that Microsoft will feature tighter integration with Windows and Windows Phone in the near future, with the company already promising a Skype application "within months" (well, back in April). We assume it'll come out soon now that the deal has been finalized. The announcement also comes with a great video featuring slow cuts and cheesy music, which we've embedded below for your enjoyment.

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I think this is a good deal. Skype and w/ MS resources, both companies should benefit greatly...unless they just totally screw it all up.

alot of idiots and trolls about this acquisition, what a surprise /s

anyway, its good they even update it today, so no more google bundle stuff in Skype installation.
also the best thing, it doesn't crash on Windows 8 when i run it through desktop. it was startup run or through Start Screen.

now i can open it whenever i want without Skype crashing. thanks for 5.6.0.110

I guess those of us who use Linux can say goodbye to Skype support, not like it's ever been "good" anyway, we're still using a Beta of version 2, while everybody else is on like version 5 or something.

Gerowen said,
I guess those of us who use Linux can say goodbye to Skype support, not like it's ever been "good" anyway, we're still using a Beta of version 2, while everybody else is on like version 5 or something.

I thought microsoft said they wont discontinue any skype version. So no bye bye for linux users.

XP users download Skype quick. MS will probably now discontinue XP and Vista support, put a Ribbon in it, cut existing features and force client upgrades like they do for Windows Live Messenger.

xpclient said,
XP users download Skype quick. MS will probably now discontinue XP and Vista support, put a Ribbon in it, cut existing features and force client upgrades like they do for Windows Live Messenger.

and fill it with a lot of ads....

Yea, because paying a pantload of money on something and then cutting off some of their existing paying customers makes a lot of financial sense right?

Skype's 'About Skype', page still has not been updated to show that it is now 'Microsoft Skype'. Looking forward to that!

FMH said,
Skype's 'About Skype', page still has not been updated to show that it is now 'Microsoft Skype'. Looking forward to that!

Me too

Pardon my lack of enthusiasm ... whatever extra money MS forked over for the Skype deal, it will now be collected from the paying Skype customers like me ...

Maysky said,
Pardon my lack of enthusiasm ... whatever extra money MS forked over for the Skype deal, it will now be collected from the paying Skype customers like me ...

So despite Skype still being Skype, you're ****ed off because they're apart of Microsoft now? Sounds like someone needs to grow up.

Zeet said,

So despite Skype still being Skype, you're ****ed off because they're apart of Microsoft now? Sounds like someone needs to grow up.

It's called business. Microsoft didn't buy Skype for charitable purpose; they are looking to recover the money they spend on the deal, which is double of Skype's market value. I'm sorry if that's too hard a concept for you to understand.

scaramonga said,

Officially stupidest reply.


Still more intelligent than your opinion on what happened. But as FMH said, go watch the video.

scaramonga said,

Yup, so?

The merger is beneficiary to both the companies.

Skype itself is very optimistic about this deal. They get access to Microsoft's colossal resources, such as patents, technology and raw man-power. Plus, the money.

Skype is no longer under pressure to produce profits. They are now more like a strategic tool for Microsoft Corporation.

FMH said,
The merger is beneficiary to both the companies.

Skype itself is very optimistic about this deal. They get access to Microsoft's colossal resources, such as patents, technology and raw man-power. Plus, the money.

Skype is no longer under pressure to produce profits. They are now more like a strategic tool for Microsoft Corporation.

Exactly. And Microsoft can certainly incubate great products and leverage them well. I don't see how this is a negative for a company that has switched hands repeatedly over the years and lost money more than not... ?

DawnUnder2002 said,
Yah! Now I want my Skype app for WP7!

Yeah, that would be cool. And built into XBOX Dashboard... I really can't wait to see what they do with this.