Microsoft buys Skype for 8.5 billion dollars

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Woohoo, we're one step closer to that dreaded day when all our technology becomes homogenized under one corporate overlord. Microsoft has just announced that they plan to purchase Skype for 8.5 billion dollars (petty cash, to them). According to Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer:

“Skype is a phenomenal service that is loved by millions of people around the world... Together we will create the future of real-time communications so people can easily stay connected to family, friends, clients and colleagues anywhere in the world.”

Ah, but he fails to answer that pivotal question: will it still be free? And will the relatively pleasant user experience stay the same? And will it keep its current name or be re-titled "Microsoft Computer Telephone Thing Even Your Grandma Can Use" to lure in older users? I guess we'll all find out soon enough. 

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Commentarium (3 Comments)

May 10 11 - 3:37pm

And will they still refuse to let the NSA in the back door?

May 11 11 - 3:16pm

Well there goes another thing they will fuck up. Before long Skype will automatically connect you to the last person you called even though that person is in Australia, and asleep, and you really wanted to call someone else thousands of miles away in the opposite direction. Guess who just tried to print the same document twice from Word. And got it the first time on the 11 by 17 paper he prints drawings on.

Jun 10 11 - 2:02am

You’ve got it in one. Coldun’t have put it better.