Microsoft Purchases Skype for $8.5 Billion
Microsoft has just announced their purchase of VOIP software, Skype for $8.5 Billion USD.
It is surely expected that Microsoft will closely integrate Skype with Microsoft Office, Windows Phone, XBox Live, Kinect, and no doubt various other Microsoft platforms.
Skype currently has over 660 Million accounts globally and over 150 million regular users.
Windows Live already has a huge section of the instant message (IM) market, clearly now Microsoft is looking to capitalise further by expanding into Voice.
Interesting times ahead for Skype and MS.