I love Skype. I have been a big fan for years – having it on my computer, laptop, netbook, and even the iPhone4. Mike also uses it a LOT with his business and Poker stuff. So I have pretty mixed emotions when my friend Sachin – who works for Microsoft – posted today about the hefty purchase.
Google and Facebook were also in the running to purchase Skype, the free video calling and chat software which has been connecting people Worldwide since 2003. According to Wikipedia, Skype has 663 million registered users as of 2010. The purchase of Skype for $8.5 billion marked a 300 percent increase in value since the 2007 when its value was listed at $2.7 million.This also marks Microsoft’s largest purchase in it’s 36 years of business according the the Huffington Post.
“Buying Skype would give Microsoft a potentially valuable communications tool as it tries to make a bigger splash on the Internet and become a bigger force in the increasingly important smartphone market” explainss the Huffington Post, which makes me wonder if my beloved iPhone4 is about to get a run for its money. Skype will potentially allow for the new Windows phones to rival the “FaceTime” feature loved by so many iPhone4 users. I have been hearing how amazing the new Windows 7 phones are, but I have continued to be an Apple Girl, toting as many Apple devices as possible.
Redmond Pie also reports that “Skype is expected to be integrated in Windows Live, and other online services of Microsoft in both consumer and enterprise space.”
Though I do wish that Facebook had won out in the purchase, I certainly hold out hope that Microsoft will not change what is already an amazing software service. Too often big companies “move in” and completely take over and change what made the companies they purchased so awesome…. I certainly hope it doesn’t happen this time.
What do you think?