Microsoft could close Skype acquisition by October

Microsoft's massive $8.5 billion purchase of the popular Skype Internet phone service is still a few months away, according to statements from a Skype executive. The AFP news service (via Google) quotes the company' chief executive Tony Bates as saying, "We already got through the US side of it. We still have Europe so it's anyone's guess, but I would say we've got a couple of months more here. Maybe sort of an October timeframe would be my guess."

Microsoft announced the purchase of Skype back in May in a move that showed that the company wasn't afraid to make big financial moves. In June the Federal Trade Commission allowed the deal to move forward with the FTC seeing no anti-trust issues. However Skype has continued to work on other project while the Microsoft deal awaits the final approval. That includes a recent deal with Facebook to provide video chat features to the popular social networking service.

This week Bates said that even when the acquisition becomes final the Skype branding will be sticking around. He states, "It is a verb. People talk about it in that way. They say Skype me. So, you can expect no change. You can expect strong commitment to the brand." He also hinted at a possible future venture for Skype, saying, "The one I will just tease for everyone to think about is, we actually think there is a big play in in-call advertising. Watch this space. We think this is going to be a very exciting area for us."

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If they only release a true VoIP Skype client for WM6.5 and WP7 that works with XP and later PCs with audio quality as good as Live Messenger.

I'm almost 100% sure that soon, the development for Linux operating systems will be closed... Hope I'm just paranoic, but hey... It's Micro$oft, you never know...

SubZenit said,
I'm almost 100% sure that soon, the development for Linux operating systems will be closed... Hope I'm just paranoic, but hey... It's Micro$oft, you never know...

That makes no sense, but while we're at it, I think Microsoft is going to cause an earthquake.

MS should also buy a lte net and start offering unlimited data+VoIP thru Skype for 30/month. Now that will turn the mobile market upside down.

flexkeyboard said,
MS should also buy a lte net and start offering unlimited data+VoIP thru Skype for 30/month. Now that will turn the mobile market upside down.

didnt bill gates do something a few years back where he put 127 satilites in orbit or something.. for internet use? I remember reading this like 7 years ago

Lachlan said,

didnt bill gates do something a few years back where he put 127 satilites in orbit or something.. for internet use? I remember reading this like 7 years ago

I didn't know that!

Lachlan said,

didnt bill gates do something a few years back where he put 127 satilites in orbit or something.. for internet use? I remember reading this like 7 years ago


Just like in the movie Anti-Trust! lol

"in-call advertising... We think this is going to be a very exciting area for us."

And horrible to consumers. WTH... "we interrupt your phone conversation for this special message from coca-cola!"

No thanks!

shamburg said,
"in-call advertising... We think this is going to be a very exciting area for us."

And horrible to consumers. WTH... "we interrupt your phone conversation for this special message from coca-cola!"

No thanks!


Free phone calls/sms from Skype to landlines/mobiles anywhere around the world with in-call advertising?

Bring it on We watch TV this way so why not have free calls as well this way?

shamburg said,
"in-call advertising... We think this is going to be a very exciting area for us."

And horrible to consumers. WTH... "we interrupt your phone conversation for this special message from coca-cola!"

No thanks!

Plus one! Ballmer please fire Bates. This will ruin Skype.

.....or on the other hand, may force people, to pay for the service.

htcz said,

Free phone calls/sms from Skype to landlines/mobiles anywhere around the world with in-call advertising?

Bring it on We watch TV this way so why not have free calls as well this way?

Exactly. +1

htcz said,

Free phone calls/sms from Skype to landlines/mobiles anywhere around the world with in-call advertising?

Bring it on We watch TV this way so why not have free calls as well this way?

Sounds interesting. Average call duration is less than 1min mostly, so call will be over even before the ad begins. But i don't think carriers would be too happy and hence the idea would face massive opposition. This will be the end of landlines as it is.