Microsoft launches Skype website


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Microsoft has launched their very own Skype site on Microsoft.com, but the download still links to the skype.com website.

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 on Friday, Microsoft confirmed what we already knew was inevitable, the deal had completed.

Microsoft announced that Skype is 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."

Microsoft has also already promised tighter integration of the app for Windows Phone and Windows in the near future, so we can expect to see that materialize soon, now the deal has completed.

But Microsoft has wasted no time including their latest acquisition within their catalog of products.

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jasonon said,
its a bummer that skype already adopted apples design scheme...

I'm not an Apple user, but is that where this abomination of a UI came from?

I'm hoping the UI gets cleaned up...Skype's been getting more and more confusing with each new version.

You know what MS can do, make Skype downloadable without having to sign in. What a ridiculous step to force users into. One too many.

i hope microsoft steps in and improves the unacceptably messy iOS, android and iOS versions. i doubt the linux one is any good too. even on windows the app is starting to suck.

(i also hope they dont axe support for these lol)

microsoft has to go back to basics with it.

primexx said,
If Microsoft makes Skype not annoyware anymore, I'd be glad to use it again.
You mean like WLMessenger? haha

Just want what we should have had from the beginning, If I'm on Messenger, I can talk to people who are on Skype, or Lync and Vice Versa. Remember AOL IM and ICQ, and Yahoo Messenger? No one wanted to integrate with the other guys. I think AOL was the douchbag in that scenario. Now I'm hoping for tighter integration between them AND into XBOX and the phone.

That would be a very Interesting prospect. Skype to Lync to Messenger calls for free on windows phone, Windows 8 or XBox would be a huge incentive for businesses to adopt windows phone as a standard especially since Skype powers Facebook. That could turn the mobile communications industry on its ear. MS could build a directory service with federated companies and allow for free business to business voip calls.

Edited by Drewidian, Oct 16 2011, 1:49pm :

oceanmotion said,
Is Skype and it's technologies actually better than Messenger other than having a paying user base?

no not that i know of. Messenger uses the same protocol and backend as Microsoft linc while Skype uses the old p2p protocol.

oceanmotion said,
Is Skype and it's technologies actually better than Messenger other than having a paying user base?
HD webcam functionality works better in WLM.

Unless they make calling from PC to Phone free, they're going to have a hard time competing with Google Talk.

I wish Messenger and Skype co-exist as two separate protocols and IM networks. Both are great technologies and sometimes one doesn't work as well but the other does.

Gotta keep the brand, no one likes anything called "windows live" or "microsoft suchandsuch" because it brings too many bad thoughts when people associate it with the IT they use at work (that's usually outdated etc). I was resistant to use Skype to talk to friends, would rather use Messenger, but Skype does "just work" and Audio/Video is more reliable.
Can't wait to use my WP7 to Skype, even if it's just voice-calls.

Jarrichvdv said,

And... where does it say you will ever need to?!
That's right. That would be the last thing Microsoft will do.

lflashl said,
all my family are on skype, and i dont want to move back to Messenger!

Don't worry... If messenger wasn't falling in popularity MS wouldn't need Skype. They bought Skype for the brand more than anything.

thealexweb said,
Is it likely Messenger will eventually merge with Skype?
I doubt it given the amount of infighting that would introduce. Skype will run separately as a division, but Messenger may use Skype for voice and video in the back, that's all. In 5 years however Messenger may no longer exist and everyone could get moved to Skype.

Jebadiah said,
I doubt it given the amount of infighting that would introduce. Skype will run separately as a division, but Messenger may use Skype for voice and video in the back, that's all. In 5 years however Messenger may no longer exist and everyone could get moved to Skype.
but I thought more people use Messenger and also messenger is created by Microsoft (More love from Microsoft). Why not Skype move to Messenger?

tanjiajun_34 said,
but I thought more people use Messenger and also messenger is created by Microsoft (More love from Microsoft). Why not Skype move to Messenger?

Messenger has more registered users I think but these days Skype has more times active users, thats the glaring impression I get.

Jebadiah said,
I doubt it given the amount of infighting that would introduce. Skype will run separately as a division, but Messenger may use Skype for voice and video in the back, that's all. In 5 years however Messenger may no longer exist and everyone could get moved to Skype.

So, yes then?

Majesticmerc said,

So, yes then?

No, Messenger is under Windows Live and Skype is its own division. Look it up.

A merger would mean both would merge to form something else. However, Skype is the full package. Messenger doesn't have to exist anymore. It has been made obsolete. MS can easily flip a switch and move everybody to Skype. The other option, as I mentioned above, would be for Messenger to use Skype's technology, which is superior, in the back, if Messenger so chooses to.

Duplication of work is common at Microsoft because they love building empires. They bought Skype to acquire the user base of Skype who call people for an average of ~2 hours per day. MS paid $8.5bn for the brand value Skype has, not because of it's apparent utility or IPs.

I believe their goal is to find a way to monetize the amount of time users are using Skype. I am not sure how they are going to do it other than with ads. Even then, to break even on the investment I bet it's going to take 5-6 years.

Edited by Jebadiah, Oct 16 2011, 12:02pm :

Jebadiah said,

No, Messenger is under Windows Live and Skype is its own division. Look it up.

A merger would mean both would merge to form something else. However, Skype is the full package. Messenger doesn't have to exist anymore. It has been made obsolete. MS can easily flip a switch and move everybody to Skype. The other option, as I mentioned above, would be for Messenger to use Skype's technology, which is superior, in the back, if Messenger so chooses to.

Duplication of work is common at Microsoft because they love building empires. They bought Skype to acquire the user base of Skype who call people for an average of ~2 hours per day. MS paid $8.5bn for the brand value Skype has, not because of it's apparent utility or IPs.

I believe their goal is to find a way to monetize the amount of time users are using Skype. I am not sure how they are going to do it other than with ads. Even then, to break even on the investment I bet it's going to take 5-6 years.

Facebook has grown so much because of the fall of Windows live messenger. For years it was the most used messaging program on the planet and there were a few others that were popular. But Facebook brought the live chat system and a social background behind it to easily share stuff. Facebook is just a modern version of Windows Live messenger. But there is still a niche for programs like Skype, I think this is the end for Windows live messenger which has lost out to Skype and Facebook.

Although looking at Facebook recently they seem to be slowing down. Not in terms of people signing up but in terms of features vs the rest of the market. In another 5 years Skype or another service like it could replace facebook because 5 years ago I would have never seen the downfall of WLM.

Jebadiah said,

No, Messenger is under Windows Live and Skype is its own division. Look it up.

A merger would mean both would merge to form something else. However, Skype is the full package. Messenger doesn't have to exist anymore. It has been made obsolete. MS can easily flip a switch and move everybody to Skype. The other option, as I mentioned above, would be for Messenger to use Skype's technology, which is superior, in the back, if Messenger so chooses to.

Duplication of work is common at Microsoft because they love building empires. They bought Skype to acquire the user base of Skype who call people for an average of ~2 hours per day. MS paid $8.5bn for the brand value Skype has, not because of it's apparent utility or IPs.

I believe their goal is to find a way to monetize the amount of time users are using Skype. I am not sure how they are going to do it other than with ads. Even then, to break even on the investment I bet it's going to take 5-6 years.


My impression since this deal was announced has always been that they bought Skype not only for the product itself, but for the patents so they could include the voice and video technology in Windows Phone and Xbox Live. I believe that's where they're going with it and they should be quite successful.

Stokkolm said,

My impression since this deal was announced has always been that they bought Skype not only for the product itself, but for the patents so they could include the voice and video technology in Windows Phone and Xbox Live. I believe that's where they're going with it and they should be quite successful.
Patents do not cost $8.5 billion. Buying a 660 million user base does.

Jebadiah said,
Patents do not cost $8.5 billion. Buying a 660 million user base does.

Nortel patents sold for $4.5 billion.
Google buys Motorola Mobile for $12.5 billion to obtain their patents.
Palm patents on sale from HP for $1 billion+
Google buys IBM Java patents for $1 billion+

patents are big money