Microsoft + Skype

Paul Thurrott: "This week, Microsoft announced a blockbuster $8.5 billion deal to purchase Internet communications firm Skype. Judging from the commentary and feedback I've seen online, the deal is somewhat controversial, and most analysts I've seen quoted publicly have predicted little in the way of positive results. My own reaction is simple. I feel that Microsoft purchased Skype for two simple reasons: One, as a defensive measure to keep the company and its technology out of the hands of competitors like Facebook (and perhaps Google, though there is evidence now that Google wasn't interested)."

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