Sale of Skype finalized

eBay, the online auction giant and owner of the popular Skype software has finally sold Skype and the deal is complete. A message on the official Skype blog from company President Josh Silverman reads:

"Great news Рwe've closed the deal with the new investors. The investor group is led by Silver Lake, and includes Andreessen Horowitz, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), Joltid Limited and our founders Niklas Zennstr̦m and Janus Friis.

The deal valued Skype at $2.75B US, with eBay retaining approximately 33% of Skype, and the investor group led by Silver Lake controlling the remaining 65%.Our journey continues: say hello to the future!"

eBay originally purchased Skype back in September 2005 for $3.1 billion and struggled to find a way to integrate the popular VOIP service into it's business model. As the auction giant continued to look for ways to utilize the service with their existing portfolio the value of Skype began to decline.

On September 1, 2009 the company had announced, "Today, Skype begins a new chapter. We're spinning off from eBay to become an independent company once again". It remains to be seen if the Skype will become a publicly traded company on the stock market or if there will be any significant changes to the business plan now that Skype has new owners.

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Lucas said,
Lets see whether it improves or not. Hopefully, they manage to improve the current service and software. :)

The software is already great, but I would like to see changes in the interface.

About the service, I only use the free one but I have friends that use the paid-for calls and they said are great too.

LoveGod said,
Skype Rules Hope this sale won't affect the current services!

It looks like it saves the service. It appears JoldID is involved in the new management, and with it their protocol I would gather. Ebay would have lost their ability to use the protocol and Skype would have died from what I'd read previously.

NONE of my 100 friends list on MSN actually use Skype. Is it very few friends?

Maybe if I had 10 000, some of them would use Skype. :P

thealexweb said,
Meh I've long since stoppec using Skype, very few people I know are on it.

Me too, actually.. became too bloated and confusing IMHO

I think it depends if you live abroad or not. I do, and I don't use my mobile phone to get in touch with them, so I use Skype all the time and they all do too.

The2 said,
Me too, actually.. became too bloated and confusing IMHO

Confusing is right. I couldn't even figure out how to sign up so I gave up. LOL

eBay retaining approximately 33% of Skype, and the investor group led by Silver Lake controlling the remaining 65%

Who on earth owns the other 2%? Of is that a maths problem.

Neither did I. They must have had some sort of plan, but not sure. It's not like the sellers are sitting in front of their computer just waiting for a potential bidder to "Skype In"...

It remains to be seen if the Skype will become a publicly traded company on the stock market or if there will be any significant changes to the business plan now that Skype has new owners.

This can't be good for Skype and possibly marks its demise.

Once it becomes a public company, they will start cutting costs, and services in the name of profits, and eventually the skeleton of the company will be buried.

I don't agree. By becoming publicly traded they can invest that cash flow into the business to grow it further. Releasing an IPO isn't a bad thing.

I really hope this doesn't change the skype services. Its a very useful tool for making international calls to multiple people at once.

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