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The web was full of chatter this week with speculation of who was going to buy Skype. Rumors pointed to a possible acquisition by Facebook. This would make a lot of business sense due to the fact that Facebook could then integrate Skype into the site’s chat feature. Adding the functionality of users being able to also do video calls and voice chat via Skype would add the extensive daily use of the site. It would make Facebook even more of a “one-stop-shop” for online activities that people take part in daily, such as e-mail, chat, and networking.
However, the surprising outcome was that Microsoft was also in talks to acquire Skype. And after the negations concluded, Microsoft was the final buyer. The buying price was $8.5 billion in cash.
Microsoft’s plans for the future of Skype include integration into the company’s devices such as Windows Phone, Xbox, Kinect, and Xbox Live. It will also be added to the e-mail service, Outlook.
Do you think this acquisition is a good fit for Microsoft?