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    News - Microsoft set to buy Skype for $8 billion

    Expected to be formally announced today, should help Microsoft in UC and mobile.
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    Re: News - Microsoft set to buy Skype for $8 billion

    Well, there goes the Linux port. Looks like this'll finally give me the push to switch over to SIP.

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    Re: News - Microsoft set to buy Skype for $8 billion

    Is it just me, or is the timing of this fishy.

    One day after a remote execution bug is publicised in Skype on mac it is set to become an MS product

    Automatically opening stuff you send, yup sounds like windows 95.
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    Re: News - Microsoft set to buy Skype for $8 billion

    I honestly can't see what benefit this gives in UC for the enterprise: they already have Lync (formerly Office Communicator) for that. To me this is almost entirely all about WP7 and the customer base for the online app.

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    Re: News - Microsoft set to buy Skype for $8 billion

    Possible tech use/cross use for Xbox LIVE as well?
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    Re: News - Microsoft set to buy Skype for $8 billion

    Quote Originally Posted by Terbinator View Post
    Possible tech use/cross use for Xbox LIVE as well?
    Yeah, just read a story exploring the potential of Skype + Kinect - fair point.

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    Re: News - Microsoft set to buy Skype for $8 billion

    Have to say I'm struggling to understand the logic for this one, or the price (given what Skype sold for not long ago).

    It seems like a last ditch attempt by Microsoft to make headway online... and throwing money at it seems to be their answer.

    I'd guess the shares are going to go down, when the markets in the US open in a little while.

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    Re: News - Microsoft set to buy Skype for $8 billion

    Quote Originally Posted by Bagnaj97 View Post
    Well, there goes the Linux port. Looks like this'll finally give me the push to switch over to SIP.
    No - it's a new dawn, Microsoft embracing the open source concept! (although the Skype app wasn't open source as such).

    Quote Originally Posted by TheAnimus View Post
    Is it just me, or is the timing of this fishy.

    One day after a remote execution bug is publicised in Skype on mac it is set to become an MS product

    Automatically opening stuff you send, yup sounds like windows 95.
    Not sure how this will sit in with Live messenger tbh (except Skype does things a bit better). Expensive acquisition just to kill off competition.
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    Re: News - Microsoft set to buy Skype for $8 billion

    and not long after i remove skype from my installs.....

    Sorry with M$ track record, this will be slowly 'improved' by M$ - no thanks.

    and paying what 8 billion - thats just madness.



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    Re: News - Microsoft set to buy Skype for $8 billion

    Quote Originally Posted by peterb View Post
    No - it's a new dawn, Microsoft embracing the open source concept! (although the Skype app wasn't open source as such).



    Not sure how this will sit in with Live messenger tbh (except Skype does things a bit better). Expensive acquisition just to kill off competition.
    When has M$ ever done it differently ?



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    Re: News - Microsoft set to buy Skype for $8 billion

    lol i thought it said MS is buying skype for $8
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    Re: News - Microsoft set to buy Skype for $8 billion

    well thats all it's worth really....



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    Re: News - Microsoft set to buy Skype for $8 billion

    Quote Originally Posted by Apex View Post
    When has M$ ever done it differently ?
    Microsoft with a dollar sign? Is this 1999? Are we going to start joking at how bad 95 pre OSR2 was?

    The simplist thing to say they've done differently is WP7, their previous mobile platform was years ahead, I'm almost tempted to say a decade ahead compared to how long it took andriod or iOS to catch up. But they had tried to replicate their 95 interface and keep the ux the same. Bit of a mistake.

    So they refresh with the Metro UI design team, which is quite frankly brilliantly simple, realising that you no longer get impressed by having a glass effect on a button, the designers put emphasis on the data that is relevent making it much easier and faster to use.

    Such a different design concept I've never seen fully pushed by a mainstream technology firm. Like it or loath it, they are fully behind it and its clearly shaping the way people design user interaction.

    But then again if your the kind of person whom uninstalls skype because MS might buy it, then your kind of missing the point of skype as a means to communicate with friends. I doubt I could be bothered to convince everyone I know who uses it to jump ship just because I don't like them anymore..... Oh and a REALLLY hate skype btw. Why the fornication does it want to put a crappy DOM slowing plugin into my browser without even asking, why for the love of god why!?
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