Microsoft still working to integrate Skype

Microsoft's purchase of Skype for $8.5 billion back in October was considered a risky move by some investors and analysts. Since that time, Microsoft has been trying to give its new Skype division, and its employees, more leeway than normal for a Microsoft-owned organization.

In an article today on The New York Times website, it points out the Skype has offices around the world but little Skype development is done at Microsoft's home based in Redmond, Washington. Tony Bates, the head of the Skype division, said that when they got their new security badges from Microsoft, Bates insisted they have the Skype logo. He states, "We’ve kept our identity and our autonomy."

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer even showed up recently at Skype's offices in Estonia and participated in a ritual for new employees that involved drinking Millimallikas, described as "a mixture of sambuca, tequila and Tabasco sauce."

However, all that independence won't help Microsoft unless it integrates Skype into more of its products. Its first public release of the Windows Phone client is still lacking major features. Perhaps the next biggest version of Skype will be the one that's released for the Windows 8 Metro interface, which could launch alongside the OS later this year.

Source: New York Times

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> a ritual for new employees that involved drinking Millimallikas, described as "a mixture of sambuca, tequila and Tabasco sauce."

I wanna know more about this, and whether this can explain the disaster that Skype's UI has turned into over the last couple of years...

This is NUTS... Its like Skype does not want to work with MS even thought they were bought by them ?
we should be seeing first hand skype on Meto Windows 8, and on Xbox but it seems like they are more focused on others than MS..

Gibbyhome said,
This is NUTS... Its like Skype does not want to work with MS even thought they were bought by them ?
we should be seeing first hand skype on Meto Windows 8, and on Xbox but it seems like they are more focused on others than MS..

Well, things like this DO take time... Keep in mind Microsoft is currently replacing a lot of backend at Skype (As it's prior setup was rather wonky)... This stuff doesn't happen overnight. lol

Gibbyhome said,
This is NUTS... Its like Skype does not want to work with MS even thought they were bought by them ?
we should be seeing first hand skype on Meto Windows 8, and on Xbox but it seems like they are more focused on others than MS..

Sounds to me like they want to try and keep their original culture, which is probably what made them so good. If they suddenly turned into what all the Microsoft divisions are like I imagine all the talent would leave and it would be a dead horse on Microsoft's hands. They're probably really excited to be integrating their technology into Windows etc, but they are still 'Skype'.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
Hell yeah! Estonia Something to be proud of in this little country

If that's the only thing I feel kinda sorry…